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J. F. Packard. 4 


Albert A. Folsom. 8 


John E. Alden. 10, 43 

THE SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS OF DEDHAM Carlos Slafter. 20, 53, 68 


William E. Mann. 24, 60, 97, 125 
inscriptions, walpole Thomas A. Dickinson. 27, 63, 94, 129 

schools in needham, 1841-1859 George K. Clarke. 30 

diary of dr. Nathaniel ames Edna F. Colder. 33, 58, 107, 123 

needham George K. Clarke. 34 



Alfred B. Page. 38 


Albert A. Folsom. 56 

dedham and needham George K. Clarke. 65 



George K. Clarke. 70, 115 


John E. Alden. 74 


Mrs. A. M. Pickford. 101, 132 



James F. Magee, Jr. 110 


JOHN morse A. A. Folsom. 136 


Ellis 34 

Bates Family 66 

Needham Marriages 108 


White 66 

Farrar 136 


Whiting 66 

vol. xn. 

JANUARY, 1901. 

NO. i. 

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Publishing Committee, 




Associate Editors, 


Business Manager, . M. GARDNER BOYD. 



Hon. Waldo Colburn. Heliotype Frontispiece. 

Camp of the French Army. Zinc relief. .... 8 



J. F. Packard. 
CAMP OF THE FRENCH ARMY, 1782. A. A. Folsom. 8 


(To be continued.) John E. Alden. 

SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS, DEDHAM, (To be continued.) 20 

Carlos tSlafter. 

(To be continued.) William B. Mann. 
WALPOLE INSCRIPTIONS, . Th mas A. Dickinson. 27 

SCHOOLS IN NEEDHAM, 1841-1859. George K. Clarke. 30 

THE AME S DIARY, Extracts, ( To be continued. ) 33 

Edna F. Colder. 
NEEDHAM, . . . . . George K. Clarke. 34 

Note.— Ellis 34 

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Entered at the Post Office, Dedham, Mass., as second-class mail matter. 

The Dedham Historical Register. 

Vol. XII. January, 1901. No. 1. 


TN " considering his career we observe a noble type of 
New England character." Such were the words of 
Hon. Edgar J. Sherman, Attorney General of the Common- 
wealth, at a meeting held in memory of Judge Colburn. 
Such a sentiment too is given by his own neighbors and 
townspeople for one whose life was closely identified for 
many years with the welfare of his native town. Of 
Dedham ancestry, from the beginning of the settlement 
of the town, — first Nathaniel who received a grant of land 
on August ii, 1637, then Samuel, born January 25, 1654, 
Ephraim, November 5, 1687, Ephraim, December 31, 1716, 
Ichabod, February 26, 1754, and Thatcher, his father, 
born February 20, 1787, — he inherited those character- 
istics which early made him a leader among men. 

Judge Colburn was born in that part of Dedham 
which is now Westwood, on November 13, 1824, the 
eldest son and child of Thatcher and Hitty (Cleveland) 
Colburn. He received his early education in the public 
schools of his native town and at the age of fifteen years 
entered Phillips Academy at Andover, where he re- 
mained until the year 1845. After two years of varied 
pursuits, including civil engineering and surveying, on 
May 13, 1847, he became a student in the law-office of 
Ira Cleveland, and later spent some time in the Harvard 
Law School. He was admitted to the bar on May 3, 1850, 


and continued in the practice of his profession until May 
2 7> 1875, w ith eminent success. John D. Cobb, Esq., 
Assistant Register of Probate, Dedham ; Don Gleason 
Hill, Esq., lawyer and Town Clerk, and President of the 
Dedham Historical Society; Hon. Frederick D. Ely, a 
Judge of the Municipal Court, Boston; and the late 
Charles A. Mackintosh, lawyer, were students in his 

During this period he held " many positions of trust 
and responsibility within the gift of his townsmen." A 
Representative to the General Court in 1850 and 1854, he 
became chairman of important committees, and "earnestly 
opposed loaning State's credit to the Hoosac Tunnel 
scheme." A Senator in 1870 he "served on the Judiciary 
Committee, and had charge of drafting the well known 
corporation act." From 1855 to 1864, he was Chairman 
of the Selectmen, Assessors and Overseers of the Poor, 
and for many years was the Moderator of the Town 
Meetings. He was elected a member of the Dedham 
Institution for Savings in 1850, a Trustee in 1863, and its 
President in 1877; and continued in these offices until 
the time of his death. He was also a director of the 
Dedham National Bank. 

On May 27, 1875, Governor William Gaston appointed 
Mr. Colburn one of the Justices of the Superior Court, 
and this action was highly commended. His promotion 
to the Supreme Bench by Governor John D. Long was 
equally well merited. The latter position he held until 
his death at his home in Dedham, on September 26, 1885. 
A meeting of the Bench and Bar of Suffolk County, 
in his memory, was held in the Supreme Judicial Court 
Room soon after his death. Addresses were made by our 
townsmen, Hon. Frederick D. Ely and Hon. Winslow 
Warren, followed by Attorney-General Sherman, of whose 
address the following is an abstract :-— 


On the farm Mr. Colburn necessarily formed habits of industry 
and economy ; in the district school he laid the foundation for edu- 
cation and culture ; in the town, by service and association, he 
became familiar with its government and necessities, and in the 
Legislature, in the practice of his profession and in other responsible 
positions he was by experience, study and observation acquiring that 
thorough and practical knowledge of our government and of men and 
things which is indispensable to the great office of judge of this court. 
Judge Colburn was a plain man of broad common sense, faithful to 
every trust and in every position. He was thoroughly appreciated 
by his neighbors and townsmen, and greatly beloved by the bar of 
the commonwealth. 

Chief Justice Morton on behalf of the bench then 
replied, and an extract from his address is here given : — 

His remote ancestor came to this country from England in 1637, 
and soon received a grant of land in Dedham, which he improved as 
a farm, and which has remained in the family from generation to gen- 
eration to this day. Judge Colburn inherited a sound mind in a 
sound body, and both were developed and strengthened under the 
healthy influence of New England rural life. He had not the advan- 
tages of collegiate training, but received his education in the public 
schools, and at Phillips Academy, Andover. How well he overcame 
this disadvantage by the faithful and patient industry of his subse- 
quent life, his eminent success in his chosen profession fully attests. 

His natural ability, his patient industry, his fidelity to his duties, 
his simple and manly character, his plain and blunt but courteous 
and genial manner at once commanded the respect of the people, 
and soon placed him in the front rank of the bar of Norfolk County, 
and when, in 1875, he was appointed a justice of the Superior Court, 
the wisdom of the selection was universally conceded. 

He mingled largely with men of all pursuits, and thus gained a 
wide experience of affairs and of men which was of great benefit in 
the discharge of his judicial duties. The most marked feature of his 
character was his strong, robust common sense. His method of study 
seems to have been not to load his memory with a mass of isolated 
decisions, but to extract from each case the principle upon which it 
turned, and, by process of assimilation, make it a part of his mental 


structure. His mind thus became a well-filled storehouse of the great 
rules and principles which lay at the foundation of the law, and he 
possessed a marked aptitude in applying them to new cases arising 
under the changing conditions of modern life. When called upon to 
decide a case the tendency of his mind was to inquire " not what 
have others decided but what is just and right according to the 
eternal fitness of things." He had a clear perception of right, an 
anxious desire to mete out justice without regard to persons, a sound 
and reliable judgment, a never failing promptness and industry in his 
work. Such qualities of character assured his success as a justice of 
the Superior Court and of this court. 

We feel that by his death the community has lost a conscientious 
and useful judge upon whom the people could safely rely to admin- 
ister justice, a magistrate of whom all felt that " life, liberty and 
property were safe in his hand." We have lost more, a valued 
assistant, a courteous and genial friend, whose companionship was 
always a pleasure. 


By Rev. J. F. Packard. 

The first building erected by the Baptists residing in 
Mill Village for the purpose of holding religious services, 
was built in 1843, upon a lot of land which had been 
leased for that purpose, which lease was to run several 
years. The site of this building was near the spot now 
occupied by Mr. Raymond's livery stable. It was a small, 
low building, and although it was never adapted to the 
needs of the worshippers, was the best they could secure 
at the time. A better location, and a larger building 
having better accommodations, were soon felt to be a 
necessity. The Church records for July 4, 1846, informs 
us that "the chapel is owned by members and others in 
shares of #5.00 each, is located on a lot of land leased for 

1901.] MILL VILLAGE. 5 

a term of years, and is surrounded on three sides with 
trees which render it dark and prevent its being ventila- 
ted in hot weather." At a meeting held upon the date 
named above, " Brethren Warner, Briggs and Damrell 
were chosen a committee to procure the refusal of a lot 
of land opposite Harrison Grove for the use of this 
Church." " Harrison Grove " which had quite a notable 
history, has long since disappeared, and in its place is a 
vacant lot which gives no suggestion of the former use 
of the land. The committee which had been appointed 
" to procure the refusal of a lot of land for the use of the 
Church," reported on Monday evening, July 13, " that the 
Church could purchase at their convenience said lot for 
$50.00 — that it was amply large and very sightly, and 
pleasant location. Voted that brethren Damrell, Low 
and Warner be a committee, with full powers to purchase 
the lot of land selected, remove the chapel, if consent can 
be obtained from the stockholders, and repair and paint 
the same, and to solicit money to defray the expense." 
During the following month, the committee thus ap- 
pointed, corresponded with the stockholders, which cor- 
respondence resulted in calling a meeting of said stock- 
holders for the purpose of considering the advisability of 
moving their house of worship. This meeting was held 
in the chapel, and " a large majority of the stock was 
represented. The meeting was organized by choice of 
Joel Briggs as chairman, and Alvan Colburn as clerk." 
After some discussion, it was " resolved that the Baptist 
Chapel of Mill Village be removed to the lot of land des- 
ignated by the Church, under the direction of their com- 

The lot of land which had been under consideration 
was purchased at a later date, and the record of " Nov- 
ember 17, 1846, Tuesday," informs us that " this day we 
commenced moving the chapel." The land to which the 
building was moved had a frontage of one hundred feet, 


and ran back to the mill pond. At present this land is 
owned by Patrick H. McManus, and the building now 
standing upon it is the Baptist Chapel, which was con- 
siderably enlarged when it was converted into a dwelling- 
house. The chapel was moved to its new location by a 
Mr. Monk of Stoughton. The cost of moving and the 
repairs upon the building amounted to $49.25. This 
work occupied several weeks, so that the new year had 
dawned before the building was ready for occupancy. 
The Congregationalists holding services at Dedham 
Village had erected a chapel at Mill Village. This build- 
ing is now used by Messrs Bailey & Newcomb as a store- 
house. The Baptist Church records state that "during 
the removal and repairs of the chapel we procured the 
use of the Congregationalist Chapel, where our meetings 
were held regularly — preaching by the Newton students." 

When the repairs were complete, the building had 
the appearance of being a new one, and would seat between 
seventy-five and one hundred people, There seems to be 
a real joyful feeling manifest by the record of " Sabbath, 
Jan. 10, 1847," which reads as follows: "Entered our new 
house this day and listened to a spirited sermon by Bro. 
Nathaniel Colver of the Tremont Street Baptist Church, 
Boston. The house was crowded with an attentive 

On " Fast Day, April," 1847, u W. S. Damrell was 
chosen the trustee of the Church, to receive the deed of 
the land on which the chapel stands, and also to transact 
any legal business of the Church that may at any time be 

A glance at the interior of this Church home will 
prove of interest. Entering by the door at the end toward 
the street, one found himself in a room with an arched 
ceiling. The seats, of course, were unlike those found in 
more modern church buildings. There were two rows of 
settees pushed up against the sides of the building, thus 

1901.] MILL VILLAGE. 7 

leaving a broad aisle between them. These settees were 
all painted black. One of them was at a later period 
reserved for the use of the choir. A few of these settees 
are still in use in the Baptist Church on Milton Street. 
When the present Church edifice was completed, the 
settees were all moved into the vestry of the same, but 
subsequently the greater part of them were sold to 
William T. Tapley, and at the present do service in 
Mechanics Hall, 

Facing the settees stood the speaker's desk. It was 
purchased December 26, 1846, at a cost of $4.75. Certain 
alterations were afterwards made, involving an expense 
greater than the original cost. This desk now stands in 
the vestry of the present Church edifice. . The chapel 
was lighted by a chandelier, the gift of a friend whom the 
records simply mention as " Dea. Richardson." The 
desk was lighted by two so-called " astral lamps," which 
had been purchased at a cost of $12.00. 

At first they had only congregational singing, but 
they were soon assisted in this part of their worship by a 
bass viol and a violin. The former was skillfully handled 
by William Bullard, of Readville, while his son, William 
A. Bullard, played the violin. They were not members 
of the Church, but they were great lovers of music, and 
were pleased to render this service to the Baptist 
people. Early in 1848, a music book called the "Carmina 
Sacra," was introduced, and for some years was the only 
music book used at the services. 

At the first, the chapel had no bell, but the Tremont 
Street Baptist Church in Boston becoming deeply in- 
terested in the work of the Baptists in Mill Village, on 
April 4, 1847, contributed the sum of $171.00, to be used 
in paying for a bell, and hanging the same. The free 
seat system was adopted by the Baptists at Mill Village 
when they entered their renovated building. The land 
upon which the chapel stood sloped from High Street 


back toward the Mill pond. Thus there was a large 
vacant space underneath the floor of the chapel at the 
back end. This space was duly prepared, and closed in 
on three sides, and used for the purpose of sheltering the 
horses of those who attended the services. Traces of 
the drive from the street to the back side of the building 
may still be seen. The first regular pastorate did not 
begin until two years later. A correspondent who 
attended services in the chapel at this time, thus writes 
to me : " The hill opposite the chapel was [covered with 
tall pine trees [this was Harrison Grove,] and we used to 
go over there on warm summer days and eat our lunch, 
for there were two services then, the first ended as now 
at twelve o'clock, then there was the Sunday school until 
one,* intermission until two, and then another service 
exactly like the one in the morning." 

A few years later the chapel was found to be alto- 
gether too small to accommodate the rapidly increasing 
congregation. After considering what should be done, 
it was finally decided to erect a new and more com- 
modious Church home. The chapel around which 
clustered so many sacred associations, was sold to 
Dea. James Newsome, who employed the late Dea. 
Nathaniel Shepard to convert it into a tenement house. 
It was turned side toward the street and enlarged. Thus 
ends the story of the first Baptist meeting-house in Mill 


By Albert A. Folsom. 

Among the treasures in the Congressional Library 
at Washington, are the Rochambeau Papers, bought by 
act of Congress, in 1882, for $20,000. These manuscripts 
contain plans of several camps of the French Army from 

1901.] DED1IAM, 1782. 9 

Newport, R. L, to Yorktown, Va., in 1781, and on the 
return march of 666 miles from Yorktown to Boston in 
1782. This last tour of duty is finely illustrated in a 
volume 7 1-2 by 13 inches in size, which contains fifty-four 
maps finely drawn and colored. The entries of the last 
two camp grounds are as follows : — 

54 Camp a Dedam le deux Decembre 16 milles de Wrentham. 

55 Camp a Boston le 3 Decembre 11 milles d Dedham. 

Dr. Ames in his diary (Register, IV, 101, for July, 
1893) says : — 

November, 1782. 

17 450 French & Artillery 1000 Horses here. 

25 Received L d of wood from Halsey from what the French burnt. 


2 French Army 1st division encamped here. 

3 D° 2 d . 4 D° 3 d . 5 D° 4 th . 

26 French Army and Fleet sail from Boston 24th. 

This march began at Providence, and Claude Blanch- 
ard, Commissary General of the French Army, cor- 
roborates Dr. Ames's Diary, in his Journal (page 180), 
where he says : — 

The Artillery first set out for Boston where it arrived on the 18th. 

A certified copy of the original, framed, has recently 
been given by the writer to the Historical Society, and 
hangs upon the walls of the library. The site of the 
camp is in the tract bounded by Court, School, Worth- 
ington, Washington and Richards Streets, running from 
a point near the corner of School and Court Streets in a 
southeasterly direction. 

In the accompanying plan which follows the copy 
just mentioned, the old Providence road enters in the 
upper left-hand corner and leaves the village at the lower 
right-hand corner. Near its junction with Starr's Lane, 
the place of the camp is indicated, and nearly opposite in 
the bend of the road is Gay's Tavern. On the same side, 


at the right of the camp is shown the Episcopal meeting- 
house, and then Samuel Doggett's house. Further along, 
on the other side, is the meeting-house of the First 
Church which stands in an open space. A little above 
this on the opposite side of High Street is the Samuel 
Dexter place, and at the end of a little lane near by is the 
Bullard estate. Opposite the church is the house of 
Jason Haven. Continuing downward on the plan is the 
Woodward Tavern, then the houses of Dr. Nathaniel 
Ames, 2d, and Samuel Colburn, On the opposite side 
near the bend of the road is the Samuel Richards place. 
Close by at the left, on East Street, is the old Fairbanks 
house, and nearly opposite, the Avery house ; and a little 
to the right of the latter is the Dwight house. It is 
difficult at the present time to identify the remaining 
places shown on the plan. 

The writer is greatly indebted to John H. Burdakin 
and Don Gleason Hill, for assistance in preparing this 


By John Eaton Alden, of Newton, Mass. 
(Continued from Vol. XJ, page 126.) 

The dangers surrounding them compelled the settlers 
to form military companies, and all except ministers and 
such as were physically incapacitated were exercised and 
drilled frequently. The General Court enjoined the 
towns to maintain a common stock of ammunition, so 
that citizens might readily obtain powder and shot for 
their own use and for military duty. In 1635, it was or- 


dered, under a penalty of ten pounds, that each town shall 
provide a safe and convenient place to keep such ammu- 

There are many entries in the Dedham town records 
relating to this subject, and they have been freely quoted 
in a paper on the " Powder House," in the Register of 
July, 1893. 

27 of 4 mo 1650 ; The Rate for the purchasing of Ammunition 
according to the order of the Court, made this day at the rate of 
penny farthing p £. 

As this rate is equal to five dollars on a thousand, we 
can appreciate the earnestness with which our forefathers 
carried on the public business. 

The first public record referring to a place for storing 
the Dedham supply of powder was : — 

Meeting of the selectmen, 18 of y e 1 mo 1652. Its agreed that 
the Towne Amunition should be layd up in a place to be made safe 
for it in the Roofe of the new Meeting house over the east gallerie. 

Upwards of one hundred years later, on the 1st of 
March, 1762, it was voted to build a house for storing the 
powder; and in 1766 it was "builded on a great Rock near 
Charles River." The building is " Eight Feet Square on 
the outside, and Six Feet high under the Plates, the Ma- 
terials Brick and Lime Mortar." 

The Rock, thus marked and individualized, is a very 
interesting natural feature ; and being very accessible, 
makes it the frequent incentive for a pleasant stroll. 
While not high, only about thirty feet above the pasture 
which surrounds it, its location gives it command of con- 
siderable stretch of the Charles River, its meadows, and 
the hills beyond ; its summit is but a few feet higher than 
the roadway which skirts it on the north, but on reaching 
the top its rugged features are impressive. The eastern 
side slopes to the edge of a sheer precipice twenty-five 
feet in height, sufficient to call for prudence if one is 


tempted to pluck the fragrant yellow sassafras blossoms 
which grow close to this upright face of the Rock. 

The Rock is of granite, and the whole outcrop has 
an area of about one-fourth of an acre ; the western side 
has an irregular but gentle slope, easily ascended or de- 
scended, and the southerly face is a combination of slop- 
ing and steep parts just sufficient to tempt climbers who 
enjoy a spice of danger; this side is shown in the illus- 

Professor Daniel Cady Eaton (AmosBeebe 1 , Amos 6 , 
A del 5 , Nathaniel*, Thomas 2 ', John 2 , John 1 ), by years of re- 
search, and as he says, greatly assisted by Miss Lucy E. 
Eaton of Dedham, has collected the names of 2900 de- 
scendants of John 1 and John 2 Eaton of Dedham ; of these 
179 are descended from John 3 ; 2024 from Thomas 3 ; 209 
from William 3 ; 484 from Jonathan 3 . Professor Eaton 
died June 29, 1895, before being ready to publish his work. 
His son, Mr. George F. Eaton, has courteously permitted 
me to make extracts from the manuscript ; and with his 
assent I select from it for publication here, the names of 
descendants who have lived near the old home, that is, in 
Dedham and Needham. 

16. William 5 Eaton {William*, William 1 \ John 2 , 
John 1 ), having sold the farms and the Rock, removed from 
Dedham. He was born at Dedham, 2 Dec, 1738. The 
town records speak of his wife as Sarah, but in church 
and land records she is called Mary, and it is probable 
that the record of marriage at King's Chapel, Boston, of 
William Eaton and Mary Thorp, 18 Dec, 1760, refers to 
this William and his wife. They lived for about ten 
years in Dedham, and removed, first to Lancaster, then 
to Vermont, and finally to Springfield, Otsego Co., N. Y., 
where he died. Children, the first five born in Dedham: — 

Mary, b. 16 Oct., 1761 j m. Thomas Gates. 
Abigail, b. 5 Sept., 1763 ; m. [ ] Wetheral 
William 6 , b. Oct., 1765 ; died in Oneida Co., N. Y. 

1901.] EATON FAMILY. 13 

Asa, bapt. 6 Dec, 1767 ; went to New York State. 
Joseph 6 , 29 Jan., 1770 ; went to Rome, N. Y., then to Fre- 

donia, Ohio, where he died 1 Feb , 1849. 
Jesse 6 , b. 28 Aug., 1774 ; m. Sarah Barbour 16 Jan., 1799 ; 

d. 1846 at Cuba, Alleghany Co., N. Y. 
Samuel 6 , m. Rebecca Thompson. 
John 6 , m. Eunice Winchester ; died in Utica, N. Y. 

11. John 5 Eaton (John^^Johift^Johift^John 1 } was born 
at Dedham, 3 June, 1732, son of John 4 and Elizabeth (Lov- 
ering) Eaton, and lived on his father's farm in Dedham. 
He was captain of the first company of militia in Ded- 
ham, and his brothers Thomas, Isaac, and Joseph served 
in the company. An old note book of Capt. Eaton is 
preserved, in which are recorded births, etc.; the burning 
of his house, 22 Feb., 1767 ; the date of " the fight at Con- 
cord"; the fortifying of Dorchester Hill "March ye 4, 
Monday Night." He mentions heavy snows March 11, 
12, 13, 16 and 20, 1772, and that on the 3d of April the 
same year "a Large Snow fell So that the Banks were 
som 6, som 9, and some 14 feet Deep, and one more than 9 
feet deep that I measyred." After this there came, April 9, 
" a Large Nor East Rain that Raised the River exceeding 
high." He was taken with small pox while serving on a 
jury in Boston, as were most of the other jurymen ; and 
died of the disease 14 May, 1777. 

He married 12 June, 1755, Desire Smith, born 26 
Sept., 1731, daughter of Nathaniel and Anne (Farrington) 
Smith. She was a woman of sterling character and much 
respected, and after her husband's death, managed the 
farm successfully till her sons were old enough to relieve 
her of the care. She died 3 Aug., 1814. Children : — 

Elizabeth, b. 14 Jan., 1756 ; m. Nathaniel, son of Isaac 
Whiting, 23 March, 1775. She d. in Dedham, 15 Nov., 
1841. He d. 2 Sept., 1821. Children :— 

Sarah Whitifig, b. 22 Jan., 1776 ; m. 6 May, 1802, 


Jotham Richards, had three children, and died 12 

Dec, 1849. 
Molly Whiting b. 19 Feb.,1778; m. 8 Jan., 1801, Joseph 

Ellis ; died 27 Feb., 1847. 
Nathaniel Whiting, b. 7 Nov., 1779 ; m. 1 April, 1804, 

Nancy, daughter of Josiah and Sarah Richards. He 

d. at Walpole, 30 Oct., 1843. 
Hannah Whiting, b. 8 May, 1781 ; m. 27 Jan., 1802, 

Abijah, son of Isaac and Mary (Richards) Smith. 

Had five children, and died at Walpole, 24 April, 

Eaton Whiting, b. 8 Nov., 1782; m. 1st, 2 Jan., 1820, 

Elizabeth Whiting, b. 4 Nov., 1793. She died 10 

Jan., 1821 ; he m., 2dly, 8 Dec, 1833, Olive Smith. 

He lived in West Dedham and died 6 Dec, 1863. 

His widow died 29 April, 1879. He had three 

children, of whom one was John Eaton Whiting. 
Rebecca Whiting, b. 31 Oct., 1784 ; m. Jeremiah Edes, 

10 Nov., 1807 ; had four children, and died at 

Union, N. J., 19 Aug., 1854. 
Ira Whiting^. 9 April, 1787 ; m. 13 April,1815, Unity 

Fales of Walpole ; had four children, and died at 

West Dedham, 7 May, 1853. 
Luther Whiting, b. 1 Dec, 1789 ; m. 24 March, 1822, 

Eleanor Ann Keach ; had six children and died in 

New York 8 Aug., 1847. 
Elizabeth Whiting, b. 3 Jan., 1793 ; d. 10 Nov., 1817. 
Abigail Whiting, b. 15 March, 1794 ; d. 7 Oct., 1867. 
Abigail, b. 21 March, 1759 ; d. 25 Sept., 1760. 
Abigail, b. 2 Nov., 1761 ; m. 13 April, 1786, Daniel Fuller, 
son of Daniel and Elizabeth Fuller of Dedham. They 
settled on a farm in Francestown, N. H., where they 
discovered soapstone in great abundance and made a 
considerable fortune. Abigail died 17 Sept., 1837 ; he 
died 21 July, 1847. Children :— 

Luther Fuller, b. 22 Jan., 1787 ; d. 9 May, 1813. 
John Eaton Fuller, b. 19 Nov., 1788 ; d. 22 Oct., 1811. 
Daniel Fuller, b. 20 Jan., 1791 ; m. Peggy Emerson, 

1901.] EATON FAMILY. 15 

was Colonel in the war of 1812, and member of the 
State Legislature; d. 23 July, 1857. 

Aaron Fuller, b. 4 May, 1793 ; d. 9 Jan., 1815. 

Nobby Fuller, b. 28 April, 1795; m. Daniel N. Board- 
man, 1 Oct., 1818; and died 7 Dec, 1818. 

Desire Fuller, b. 16 June, 1797 ; d. 12 Nov., 1800. 

Elizabeth Fuller, b. 9 March, 1800 ; m. Timothy K. 
West, 27 May, 1823 ; d. 20 Jan., 1853. Had eight 

Desire Fuller, b. 4 Sept., 1802; m. John Loring, 19 
Dec, 1821 ; d. 19 Sept., 1861. Had eight children. 

George Fuller, b. 9 Feb., 1806 ; d. 15 March, 1853. 

17. John 6 , b. 11 April, 1764. 

18. Luther 6 , b. 27 Aug., 1766. 

Ann, b. 26 April, 1769 ; m. 19 Feb., 1795, Eliphalet Baker, 
3d. He d. in Dedham, 9 Nov., 1841 ; she died 30 Oct., 
1853. Children :— 

George Baker, b. 9 July, 1796 ; was a physician, and 

died at Chelsea, Dec, 1882. 
Nathaniel Baker, b. 28 Jan., 1799. 
Nancy Baker, b. 3 Oct., 1803 ; m. 24 Oct., 1830, Rev. 

John Fessenden. 
Emily Baker, b. 16 Oct., 1808 ; m. 12 Oct., 1831, Gar- 
dener Paine of Worcester. 
Rebecca, b. 25 April, 1772 ; m. 30 May, 1798, John Guild, 
son of Aaron and Annah (Coney) Guild. He died in 
Dedham 2 Dec.,1847 ; she d. 7 Sept., 1849. Children :— 
Miranda Guild, b. 1798 ; d. 20 Mar., 1873. 
Rebecca Eaton Guild, b. 1 Oct., 1801 ; m. 22 Dec, 1829, 
Rev. Leonard Luce of Westford ; he was born 14 
May, 1799 ; their children were Rebecca E., Alfred 
E., Abby P. and Miranda G. Luce. 
John Guild, b. 24 Aug., 1803. 

Nathaniel Guild, b. 14 Sept., 1804 ; d. 28 Sept., 1805. 
Alfred R. Guild, b. 16 Feb., 1807; d. at Galveston, 
Texas, 3 Sept., 1837. 

17. John 6 Eaton (John h , John\ Jo kn z , John*, John 1 ) 
was born at Dedham n April, 1764, son of John 5 and 
Desire (Smith) Eaton ; married 17 July, 1791 in Stoughton, 


Hannah, daughter of Captain James and Abigail (Puffer) 
Endicott. After the ceremony the bride rode to her new 
home on horseback, on a pillion behind her husband, 
and they had to ford the Neponset River, there being no 
bridge. The ford was a few rods north of the present 
highway, and about at the place where the Boston and 
Providence Railroad crosses the river. Hannah Endicott 
was born in Stoughton, in part now Canton, 26 Oct., 1761, 
and died of old age 3 June, i860, being nearly 99 years of 
age ; she was bright and cheerful, and interested in all 
about her to the end of her days. John Eaton died 24 
March, 1842. Children :— 

John, b. 28 June, 1792; d. 15 Sept., 179C). 

19. John 7 , b. 2 May, 1801. 

20. Hannah 7 , b 5 Oct., 1808 ; m. 2 June., 1830, George Alden. 

19. John 7 Eaton, (Jo/m 6 , Jofm 5 , Jolnfi, Johtfi, John\ 
John 1 ,) son of John 6 and Hannah (Endicott) Eaton, was 
born at Dedham, 2 May, 1801. He was married twice ; 
1st, 31 May, 1826 to Lucy, daughter of Benjamin Weather- 
bee of Dedham. She died 13 May, 1829 ; he married 2dly, 
21 Dec, 1834, Harriet Dean, daughter of John and Betsey 
Dean, born 16 Oct., 1813, died 10 May, 1892. He inherited 
the Purgatory farm, which had been the home of his 
father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and he always 
thought that the three earlier generations also lived there. 
But we now see that this was an error, and it must be 
added to the list of mistaken traditions. He was an 
honored member of the Eaton Family Association, and 
was visited in 1886 by Professor Daniel C. Eaton to whom 
he gave much information for his genealogical work. Mr. 
Eaton died 7 July, 1890. Child by first wife: — 

Lucy, b. 20 March,1827 ; m. 5 Dec.,1849, William Crane of 
Canton, and removed to Candia, N. H. Mr. Crane was 
a civil engineer, and assisted Major Whistler of Balti- 
more in building the Railroad from St. Petersburg to 
Moscow in Russia : he died 15 Dec, 1898. Children : — 

1901.] EATON FAMILY. 17 

Albert Lewis Crane, b. 12 Oct.; 1850, d. 1851. 

Ellen E. Crane, b. 2 Aug., 1852. 

Mary Alice Cra?te, b. 28 June, 1854 ; m. 24 Feb , 1876, 

John H. Wason. They have two children. 
Bertha Crane, b. 2 June, 1856 ; d. 1857. 
George William Crane, b. 14 Feb., 1858, m. 31 Jan., 

1900, Haven H. Patterson. 
Emma W. Crane, b. 31 May, 1860 ; m. 12 Oct., 1881, 

Tilton F. Fifield and has two children. 

Children by second wife : — 

Harriet A., b. 7 Nov., 1835 ; m. 29 Dec, 1859, John E. 

Weatherbee ; he d. 20 March, 1884; she died 17 Jan., 

1895. Children :— 

Henry Endicott Weatherbee, b. 24 Aug., 1862. 

John H. Weatherbee, b. 19 May, 1865 ; d. 26 April, 


John 8 , b. 27 March, 1839 ; m. 26 Feb., 1872, Helen M. 

Tucker ; has one daughter, Helen Louise, born 29 July, 


Emma Jane, b. 21 April, 1841 ; m. 25 June,1884, Harrison 

E. Chadwick. They live in Bradford, Mass. 

Matilda, I born 19 a 1845 . 
Marietta, [ & ' 

Charlotte E, b. 5 Aug., 1852 ; m. 22 Sept., 1880, Frank R. 

Bird of Canton. She died 6 Feb., 1898. 

18. Luther 6 Eaton (John h , Johrfi, John z , John 2 , 
John 1 ), born at Dedham 27 Aug., 1766, son of John 5 and 
Desire (Smith) Eaton ; he inherited a portion of the Pur- 
gatory farm and added to its area by purchases. He had 
the title of Captain. He married 6 March,i793, Lucy Ellis, 
born 3 Nov., 177 1, daughter of John and Sibbel Ellis of 
South Dedham. He died 13 Nov., 1820. His wife died 
15 Feb., 1847, a & e d 75 years. Children :— 

Lucy, b. 4 June, 1796 ; d. 7 Oct., 1800. 
John Ellis, b. 22 Feb., 1798, d. 23 Oct., 1800. 
Maria, b. 14 Feb., 1800 ; d. 20 Dec, 1863. 
21. Luther 7 , b. 18 July, 1802. 


John Ellis, b. 21 April, 1804; d. 7 Oct., 1854. 
22. Joel 7 , b. 21 Jan., 1806. 

21. Luther 7 Eaton (Luthe^, John h , John\ John 3 , 
John*, John 1 ), son of Luther 6 and Lucy (Ellis) Eaton, was 
born in Dedham 18 July, 1802. He had an extensive farm 
where his father had lived, adjoining the farm of his 
cousin John 7 Eaton. He was Colonel of militia when a 
young man, and kept the title through life. He married, 
2 June, 1830, Eliza,daughter of fames and Jemima Turner 
of Canton; and died 17 May,i876. She died 29 Sept., 1844, 
age 42. Child : — 

Luther Augustus 8 , b. 21 Sept., 1837, m. Sarah White ; he 
died 7 Jan., 1900. Children :— 

Emma Eaton, b. 6 Feb., 1863 ; d. 5 Jan., 1879. 
George H. Eaton, b. 9 May, 1868. 
Annie Louise Eaton, b. 29 Sept., 1869. 
Charles H. Eaton, b. Feb., 1882. 

22. Joel 7 Eaton (Ltither*, John h , John*", John 3 , 
John*, John 1 ), son of Luther 6 and Lucy (Ellis) Eaton 
was born at Dedham 21 Jan., 1806, lived in Dedham Vil- 
lage, and was a lumber dealer. He married 9 May, 1841, 
Abigail, born 25 July, 1810, daughter of Micah and Eliza- 
beth (Edes) Walker of South Paris, Maine. He died 25 
Nov., 1881. Mrs. Eaton died in Turner Centre,Maine, 14 
May, 1883. Children :— 

Joel 8 , b. 30 March, 1842, lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa, 
died March, 30, 1897. 

Lucy Elizabeth, b. 5 May, 1844, has done great genea- 
logical work on the Eatons of Dedham, and has earned 
the lasting gratitude of all the Eatons of the Dedham 

Abby Maria, b. 22 June, 1847; d. 1848. 

Granville Nelson, b. 23 Oct., 1849. 

12. Robert 5 Eaton (John\ John 3 , Joh7i 2 , John 1 ), 
born at Dedham 13 April,i734, son of John 4 and Elizabeth 
(Lovering) Eaton, married Abigail Payne of Dedham, 

1901.] EATON FAMILY. 19 

intention published 5 Oct., 1772. He sold his share in the 
Purgatory farm to his brother John and settled at War- 
wick, Franklin County, Mass., where he had a farm. His 
brother in law, Joshua Dean, Jr., and wife also settled in 
Warwick ; and their brother John Eaton went there to 
visit them in February, 1774. He died in Warwick, 25 
March, 1817. His wife died 14 July, 181 1, aged 72 years. 
Their only child : — 

Mary Dexter Eaton, b. 3 May, 1775, m. Amos Marsh, 
Jan., 1793. They lived in Warwick where she died 25 
March, 1804. Children :— 

William Marsh, b. 7 Dec, 1 793 ; went to New York. 
Abigail Marsh, b. 12 Dec, 1795 ; went to Whitestown, 

near Utica, N. Y. 
Mary Bradford Marsh, b. 7 June, 1798. 
Warren Dexter Marsh, b. .20 Sept., 1800 ; d. 1801. 

13. Thomas 5 Eaton (John^, John*, John*, John 1 ), 
born at Dedham 20 May, 1743, son of John 4 and Elizabeth 
(Lovering) Eaton, was a farmer at Dedham. He married 
26 Dec, 1769, Sarah Whiting of Dedham. The marriage 
was at the house of Capt. Fales. Two other couples were 
married at the same time, Isaac Eaton to Elizabeth Bacon, 
and Zechariah Whiting to Desire Guild. Two, if not all 
of the pairs of young people were already engaged to be 
married, and while on a sleighing party met at the house 
of Capt. Fales. The story is that the Captain was a 
magistrate, and some one proposing that the couples 
should be married at once, they all stood up, and the 
ceremonies were promptly performed. 

Mrs. Sarah Eaton died at Dedham 5 Dec, 1789, and 
Mr. Eaton was married in 1793 to Mrs. Elizabeth Fenno 
of Milton. Late in life he removed to Boston, and died 
there 27 June, 1805. He was buried in the burying ground 
on Boston Common. Mrs. Elizabeth Eaton died in Ded- 
ham 24 Sept.,1801, aged 59 years. Children all by first wife : 
Amasa, b. 11 Oct., 1771 ; d. 17 Feb., 1794. 


23. Joseph 6 , bapt. 6 Feb., 1774; lived in Boston ; d. 8 Feb., 

1809 ; m. 8 Feb., 1798, Hannah Bass. 
Hannah, bapt. 4 Aug., 1776; m. James Shores, lived in 
Boston till after her father's death, and then removed 
to Waterville, Maine. Children : — 
Sarah Aria Shores, b. 5 April, 1802. 
Thomas James Shores, b. 19 May, 1809. 
George Eaton Shores, b. 27 March, 1812; lived in 
Sarah, bapt. 28 Feb., 1779, m. Isaac Shepherd of Needham. 

They lived in Boston, where she died 4 Sept., 1809. 
Thomas, bapt. 26 Aug., 1781, was a saddler in Boston. He 
married, 1st, Mrs. Ruth Buck, and 2dly, Mary Nichols 
at Boston 26 Jan., 1823. He died 9 Dec, 1824, leaving 
no children. 

24. Reuben 6 , bapt. 2 May, 1784. 

Ithama, bapt. 2 Jan., 1787, was a merchant in Montreal. 
When the war of 1812 broke out, he went to Burlington, 
Vt, and afterwards to Philadelphia, where he died un- 
married in 1825. 

(To be continued.) 

By Carlos Sl after. 

( Continued from Vol. XI, page 131.) 
In November 1847, Carlos Slafter took charge of the 
winter school of the Second Middle District, being then a 
member of the junior class of Dartmouth College, from which 
he graduated in 1849. The son of Sylvester and Mary (Johnson) 
Slafter, he was born in Thetford, Vermont, July 21, 1825, and 
fitted for college at Thetford Academ}^ He began to teach in 
1841, as master of a winter school in Fairlee, Vt. In Lyme, 
N. H., he taught the four succeeding winter terms ; also one term 
of a private High School in the autumn of 1849. In the winter 
of 1846-7 he was master of the Grammar School at Maiden 
Centre. In Dedham he taught the Second Middle School four 

1901.] OF DEDHAM. 21 

consecutive winters, and the summer of 1851. In September, 
1851, he took charge of the Framingham Academy and High 
School for a year ; then returned to Dedham as master of the 
High School which remained under his care forty years, 1852 to 
1892. His work as a teacher extended through fifty-one years. 
Aug. 4, 1853, he married Rebecca Bullard of Dedham. In May 
1865, he was ordained deacon in Trinity Church, Boston, by 
Bishop Eastburn ; and from Dec. 1867 till April 1871, served as 
chaplain of the Norfolk County Jail and House of Correction. 
He resides in Dedham and occupies his time in congenial 

Nabby Ann Marsh taught as master's assistant in the First 
Middle School in 1848. She was the daughter of Daniel and 
Fanny (Hersey) Marsh, born in Dedham, April 10, 1832. She 
left Dedham to fill a position in the Washington School of 
Roxbury which she occupied one or two years ; then became a 
teacher in the Eliot School of Boston and continued there 
eight years with unusual success. She was married to Dr. 
McLaurin Furber Cook of Boston, Aug. 22, 1860, and died May 

The School at Walpole Corner had Augusta Morse as its 
teacher in the summer of 1849, and received high praise from 
the examining committee. 

Mary C. Goodnough taught the summer school of Readville, 
1849, with an ability highly pleasing to the committee. 

Ellen McKendry was highly commended by the school 
committee as mistress of the North District of South Dedham 
in the summer of 1849. 

So was also Almira Tucker as a teacher in the same school. 
She was the daughter of William and Lucy (French) Tucker, 
born in Canton, March 4, 1828, and was married to George 
Henry Wyman of Boston, April 10, 1860. 

The East Street School was instructed in the winter of 
1849-50 by Joshua Danforth Robinson who graduated from 
Harvard College in 1851, and died in 1866. As a teacher he 
was highly commended in the school report. 


The North District of the South Parish had David Parsons 
Wilder as teacher in the winter of 1849-50. He graduated at 
Harvard, class of 1851 ; and from the Harvard Law School in 
1855. He received the degree of A. M. in course, and according 
to the catalogue died in 1872. The school committee com- 
mended his work. 

Caroline Almeda Hartwell of S. Natick instructed the 
Westfield School in the summer of 1849, having previously 
taught the school at Walpole Corner. She graduated from the 
State Normal School at West Newton in September 1846. She 
married E. Dix Fletcher of Lowell where she spent her last days, 
her name being starred in the Normal School catalogue of 1889. 

Lucetta Wood was mistress of the summer school in West 
Dedham in 1849, and was pronounced successful by the Town 
Committee in their annual report. 

In the summer of 1850, Rebecca Bullard had charge of the 
school in East Street ; the next summer, of that at Readville, 
having been the master's assistant in the Centre School the 
intervening winter. In the autumn of 1851 she returned to the 
Centre School as teacher of the third division, which she 
taught very acceptably till the spring of 1853. August fourth 
of that year she was married to Carlos Slafter, and has since 
resided in Dedham, her birthplace. She is the daughter of 
William and Rebecca (Daggett) Bullard, born Sept. 4, 1828 ; 
and is a descendant, in the eighth generation, from William 
Bullard, John Dwight, Nathaniel Whiting, Thomas Wight, 
Richard Barber, William Avery and John Kingsbury, all 
signers of the covenant formed at the settlement of the town of 
Dedham. She died on Jan. 16, 1901. 

In 1850 the summer school of the Westfield district was in 
charge of Parthena Griggs Jones of Dover. She was the 
daughter of Hiram Walker and Inez (Griggs) Jones, born April 
21, 1834. Her education was received at the Charlestown 
Female Seminary, and at the Rhode Island Normal School under 
Dana P. Colburn. She taught in Lancaster, and about eight 
years in the Boys' High School, Newport, R. I. In 1862 she was 

1901.] OF DEDHAM. 23 

married to Charles E. Hamraett of Newport, where she resided 
till her death in September, 1896. 

The winter school at East Street, 1850-51, taught by- 
Benjamin Payson Williams, was commended by the town com- 
mitte. He graduated at Harvard the summer previous, received 
the degree of A. M. in course, and died in 1856. 

Henry Augustus Little was master of the Westfield School 
the winter of 1850-51. He was a member of the class of 1853 
in Amherst College ; but did not graduate. 

In the winter of 1850-51 the lower department of the 
Second Middle School was in charge of Adeline Newell Griggs, 
the daughter of James and Abigail (Newell) Griggs, born 
in Dedham, January 13, 1833. She was married to Roland 
Raymond in Dedham, November 6, 1855. She resides in Boston, 
Dorchester district. 

Catherine Eleanor Tucker, the summer of 1850, taught in 
the South district, South Parish. She was the daughter of 
Nathan and Catherine (Tucker) Tucker, born in Milton, Jan. 
23, 1827 : graduated at the Bridgewater Normal School, August 
2, 1848. She taught school only two terms ; resided in Milton, 
and died there April 19, 1886. 

The school on East Street, summer of 1851, was taught by 
Mary Smith Wilder, the daughter of Joseph Augustus and 
Mary (Smith) Wilder, born in Dedham, August 22, 1832. After 
attending the common schools of her town, she spent a year at 
Peperell Academy, and graduated at the Bridgewater Normal in 
March, 1850. She was married to John H. B. Thayer of Dedham, 
June 21, 1854. Since her husband's death in 1873, Mrs. Thayer 
has been a copyist for the Register of Deeds at Dedham 27 years. 

Two summers, 1851 and 1852, the South School of the 
South Parish was well instructed by Judith Sherman Hodges, 
the daughter of Sewall and Judith (Sherman) Hodges, born in 
Sharon, now East Foxboro, June 26, 1823. After the common 
school, she attended the Friends' School in Providence, R. I., 
and was a teacher in Sharon, Foxboro and Mansfield. Jan. 1, 


1855, she was married to Asa Stone of Providence, and resided 
in that city till she died there, May 1, 1893. 

Through the autumn of 1851, the Second Middle School 
was under the care of Went worth Sanborn Butler, the son of 
Hon. Josiah and Hannah (Jenness) Butler, born in Deerfield, 
N. H., Sept. 30, 1826. He graduated at Dartmouth in 1848 ; 
studied divinity at Bangor Theological Seminary; also at Union 
Theological Seminary, N. Y. For many years, and up to 1898, 
he was a librarian, living at 67 University Place, New York City. 

(To be continued.) 


By William R. Mann. 
(Continued from XI, page 137.) 

Married by the Rev d Thomas Kendell of Foxboro. February 1. 
1798 Luther Morse and Mary Holmes both of Sharon. 

Married by Joseph Hewins Justice of the Peace. February 4 
1798 John Baker Jur. and Charlotte White both of Roxbury. 

Married by the Rev d Mr. Jabez Chick ering of Dedham Feby 1. 
1798 Mr Spencer Drake and Miss Betsey Hewins both of Sharon. 

February 8. 1798. Mr Daniel Johnson and Miss Rebecca Bill- 
ing both of Sharon. 

Decern. 19. 1798. M r Ebenezer Hewins *Jr. and Miss Anna 
Richards both of Sharon. 

Attest William Savage Jr. Town Clerk Jany 16 1800 

Married by Benjamin Randall Justice Peace. 

March 25 1798. M r Jeremiah Hodges of Mansfield to Miss 
Relief Drake of Sharon. 

Sept. 3 1798. M r John Henry Coloff resident in Sharon to Miss 
Hannah Corey resident in Sharon. 

Octo. 11. 1798. Mr. Simeon Grover of Mansfield to Miss Sally 
Paine of Foxborough. 

Attest William Savage Jr. Town Clerk. Feby 4. 1800. 


Married by the Rev d Edward Richmond of Stoughton. 

Nov. 27. 1798. M r Abner Drake to Miss Margeret Hendly 
both of Sharon. 

Attest William Savage Jr Town Clerk. Mar. 7. 1780 

Married by Joseph Hewins Justice Peace. 

July 18. 1798. M r William Tolman Jr. to Miss Eunice Hewins 
both of Sharon. 

Nov. 29. 1798. M r Zina Grover. of Mansfield to Miss Eunice 
Clark of Sharon. 

Attest William Savage Jr Town Clerk. 

Married by the Rev d Jonathan Whittaker. 

March 3. 1799. George Drake and Rebecca Kingman both of 

April 14. 1799. Marcus Quincy and Hitti Hewins both of 

April 19 1799. Jedediah Atherton of Stoughton and Hannah 
Drake of Sharon 

July 23 1799. Jesse Billings and Abigail Capen both of Sharon. 

Nov. 20, 1799. Francis Curtis and Lydia Gilbert 2 d both of 

Nov. 24 1799. Moses Richards and Esther Hodges both of 

Dec. 17 1799 Isaac Howe Jr. of Dorchester and] Frances 
Randall of Sharon 

April 12 1800. Ebenezer Freeman of Foxboro and Polly Morse 
of Sharon. 

Attest William Savage Jr Town Clerk. June 4. 1800. 

Married by Rev. Jonathan Whittaker of Sharon 

Nov. 10. 1800. Samuel Cops Jr. of Walpole to Hannah Pettee 

of Sharon 

Dec. 28 1800. Seth Nason of Boston to Nancy Gould of Sharon 
Dec. 30 1800. Daniel Hodges to Nabby Richards both of 


Feby 16 1801. Leavitt Hewins to Betsey Gay both of Sharon 

May 3 1801. Matthew Harlow to Mehetabel Bird both of Sharon. 
May 31 1801. Clifford Hewins to Eunice Savels both of Sharon 
June 1. 1801. Linsford Green of Wrentham to Judith Ingrahm 

of Sharon. 


June 9. 1801. William Savage Jr. to Susannah Billings both of 

August 10 1800 Oliver Holmes and Lucy Billings both of 

Attest William Savage Jr. Town Clerk June 20. 1801. 

Married by Benjamin Randall. Justice Peace. 

November 16. 1800. Elijah Bliss to Seviah Stacy both Resi- 
dents in Sharon. 

March 1. 1801. John Packard of Stoughton to Mehetabel Drake 
of Sharon. 

June 4. 1801. Doct. Jacob Hewins to Mary Payson. both of 

Attest William Savage Jr. Town Clerk. 

Married by Joseph Hewins Justice Peace. 

Nov. 8. 1801. Jonathan Prescott and Betsey Richards both of 

March 30 1802. M r Jacob Hixson of Stoughton and Miss 
Hannah Savels of Sharon. 

A true copy of the returns Attest William Savage Jr. Town Clerk 

Married by the Rev d Jonathan Whittaker. 

Oct. 11. 1801. William Strobridge to Rhoda Drake both of 

Dec. 1. 1801. Israel Tisdale to Miss Susannah Talbot both of 

Octo 15. 1801. Jonathan Cain Resident in Dedham and Miss 
Polly Rhoades of Sharon. 

Dec. 15. 1801. Pliny Clap of Boston and Miss Esther Billings of 

January 21. 1802. Friend Belcher and Miss Chloe Morse, both 
of Foxboro. 

January 25 1802. Mr. Lemuel Capen of Boston and Miss Nabby 
Smith of Sharon. 

January 25 1802. Mr. John Drake. Resident in Boston and Miss 
Hannah Morse of Sharon. 

February 11. 1802. M r Benjamin Holmes and Miss Saiah 
Morse both of Sharon 

May 6. 1802. M r Isaac Shepard of Canton and Miss Amita 
Clark of Sharon 


Sept 28 1802. M r John Smith and Miss Catherine Fisher both 
of Sharon. 

Octo. 31. 1802. Mr Jonathan Belcher of Sharon and Miss 
Hannah Bradford Lothrop resident in Sharon. 

Nov. 18, 1802. M r Josiah Johnson and Miss Eleanor Estey 
both of Sharon. 

Nov. 30. 1802. Mr Seth Pettee and Miss Huldah Capen both 
of Sharon. 

January 16. 1803. M r Phineas Drake of Easton to Miss Fanny 
Drake of Sharon 

Feby. 16 1803. Mr. Elkanah Hewins of Sharon and Miss 
Hannah Capen Foster of Dorchester. 

A true copy Attest William Savage Jr. Town Clerk. 

(To be continued.) 




By Thomas A. Dickinson. 

In memory of Mr Robert Allen who died Oct. 13 th 1778 ag d 84 years. 

Id memory of Mr Samuel Allen who died April 10 1805 in the seventy- 
fourth year of his age. 

In memory of Mr. Abel Allen who died July 29 1802 in the 50 th 
year of his age. 

In memory of Mrs. Ruth Allen who died Nov. 3. 1770 ag d 64 years. 

In memory of Mrs. Sophia M. Babbitt wife of William Babbitt who 
died of small pox April 14 1848 Aged 58 years. 

Mr. Willard Babbitt died June 1 1838 ag d 51 years. 

This modest stone as few vain marbles can 
May truly say here lies an honest man 
The safe companion, the easy friend 
Unblamed through life, lamented in his end. 

Harry Barrows son of Edward & Polly Barrows, died Sept 10 1823 
age 2 years & 3 month. 

So fades the lovely blooming flower. 
In memory of George, son of Beriah & Elizabeth Billings, who died 
April 17 1812 Aged 17 months & 9 days. 

Happy infant, early blest 
Freed from sin and gone to rest. 


In memory of Mrs. Sally Billings wife of Mr. Beriah Billings who 
died Oct. 3 d 1808 Aged 29 years. 

Affliction sore long time I bore 
Physicians skill was vain 
Till God was plesed to give me ease 
And free me from my pain. 

In memory of Ellis son of Mr. Aaron & Mrs. Elizabeth Blake died 
Mar. y e 1 1789 aged 9 months. 

Ellis son of Mr. Aaron & Mrs. Mehetable Blake died Sept 3. 1778 in 
the 4 th year of his age. 

Wilkes son of Mr. Aaron & Mrs. Mahetable Blake died Sept. 29 1778 
in the 9 th year of his age 

Mahetable daughter of Mr Aaron & Mrs Mahetable Blake died Sept 
5. 1778 in the 14 th year of her age. 

In memory of Seth Bullard Esq r who died August 21 st 1811 Age 75 

In memory of Mrs Charlotte Bullard widow of Mr. Joel Bullard 
who died Oct 28. 1812 Mt 39. 

She sleeps upon the busome of her God 
And in another and a better world 
Will awake in joy and bliss eternal 

In memory of Joanna Bullard wife of Seth Bullard Esq r who died 
March 5 1816 aged 75 years 

In memory of Mr. Joel Bullard who died May 20 1807 Mt 35 
His early death to many harts gave pain 
But to himself through grace how grate the gain. 

In memory of the widow Elizabeth Clapp wife of Mr. Seth Clapp 
died Sept 14 1810 Aged 74 years. 

In memory of Mr Seth Clapp who died Sep 1 10 1788 in y e 67 th year of 
his age. 

In memory of Mr Nathan Clapp who died July 4 1816 in the 29 th year 
of his age. 

In memory of James Clapp who died May 27 1766 in the 44 th year of 

In mem. of Clara daughter of Mr Jacob & Mrs Hannah Clap died 
July 22 1786 in y e 4 th year of her age 

In mem of Mrs Susannah Clap the amiable consort of Mr. Ichabod 
Clap died Apr. 13 1788 in y c |29 th year of her age. 
Do not all go to one place. 

Here lyes burried the body of Thomas Clap who died Feb. y e 18 1741 
aged 55 years 

In memory of Samuel Clapp son of Mr, Levi & Mrs Elizabeth Clapp 
who died Dec. 9 1814 in the 17 th year of his age. 

In memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Clap, wife of Mr. Levy Clap who died 
Nov. 1 1803 in y e 32 year of her age. 

Our dearest friends we most delight 
Are called soonest from our sight 
Since God doth it, let us be still 
And be submissive to his will 


In memory of Mrs Lucy Clap wife of Mr. Levi Clap who died June 
24 th 1817 in the 46 th year of her age. 

Sacred to the mem. of Julius Blake Clap, son of Maynard Blake & 
Olive Clap died Jan 5 1832 aged 14 months 

He was a little blooming youth 
A transitory flower 
He was not yours but only lent 
To flourish for an hour. 

Sacred to the mem. of Maynard Blake Clap who died may 6 1833 
aged 39. 

Here lies burried y e body of Mr. Thomas Clapp who departed this 
life mar. ye 1 th 1751 in y e 36 th year of his age 

In memory of Mr. John Clap who died Feb 21 1775 in y e 66 year of 
his age. 

Here lies y e body of Mary Clap wife to Joshua Clap, died May y e 18 th 
1718 in y e 42 d year of her age. 

Here lyes the body of Joshua Clap aged about 62 years a 1798. 

In memory of Thomas son of Mr. Thomas & Mrs Susanna Clap who 
died May 11 1763 18 yrs of age. 

In memory of Thomas Clapp aged 74. 

In memory of Mrs. Deborah Clap wife of Joshua Clap Esquire who 
died Nov. 18 1797 Etatis 90. 

In memory of Mrs. Abigail, wife of Joshua Clap Esq. who died Aug. 
y e 12 1789 in y e 82 d year of her age 

In memory of Hephzibah Clapp who died Feb. 11 1827 Mt. 92 

Vine wife of Daniel Clap died May 6 th 1852 aged 85 years. 

Amanda their daughter died jan 26 1859 aged 57 years. 

Erected to the memory of Capt Daniel Clapp who died Sept 11 AD. 
1828 in the 66 year of his age. 

Sacred to the memory of Col Ebenezer Clapp who died Oct. 20 AD 
1817 in the 86 th year of his age. 

In memory of Mrs. Margaret wife of Col. Ebenezer Clapp, who died 
jan. y e 30 1775 in ye 41 th year of her age 

In memory of Mrs. Mille wife of Mr. Ebenezer Clapp Jun. who died 
May 19 1779 in y e 21 th year of her age. 

In memory of Joshua Clap Esq. who died May 6 th 1802 in the 95 th year 
of age 

Sacred to the memory of Mrs Susanna Clap wife of Oliver Clap died 
May 2 1815 in the 68 year of her age. 

Sacred to the memory of Capt. Oliver Clap, died Sept 6 1818 aged 75 

(To be continued.) 


By George Kuhn Clarke, LL. B. 

{Continued from Vol. XI, page 144.) 

Recently I have obtained the original manuscript reports 
of the school committee of Needham for the years 1841-2, and 
1842-3. These documents were in the possession of the late 
Charles C. Greenwood and ought to be printed in full by the 

The object of this article is to preserve the leading facts. In 
the summer of 1841 the schools were in charge of capable 
teachers, and, with the exception of two districts where for a 
time there was in subordination, everything went well. In two 
districts the schools were largely attended and were continued 
for nearly six months with gratifying results. 

The winter schools had never been better than in 1841-2 ; 
great improvement was made in reading, and in the methods of 
teaching arithmetic and grammar. " Great pains have been 
taken to secure punctuality, and the important change in this 
respect produced in two or three schools, merits special notice." 
The conduct of the pupils was good, and the introduction of 
music a help and source of pleasure. 

" It is recommended that where other religious services are 
not employed, a piece of sacred music should be adopted as the 
closing afternoon exercise of the schools." 

During the year meetings of the teachers and school com- 
mittee were held and were a benefit. This was an innovation. 
" Nor shonld it be forgotten that two or three gentlemen who 
have been engaged as teachers for nine or ten years, adopted a 
plan for securing punctuality, suggested by an inexperienced 
teacher, which succeeded so well as to obtain for their schools, 
in this respect, a high reputation." In some districts the 
parents had shown more interest in the schools than previously, 
" a spur to the pupils." In one district the teacher of the winter 
term had inspired the inhabitants to raise money and buy a 
globe, a large map of the United States, " and other valuable 


school apparatus." The committee rejoices in the new school 
house " upon the most improved plan," erected in the North 
district, and urge a new building for the Upper Falls district. 
They also advise the appointment of a committee to carry out 
44 immediately " a vote of the town to furnish blinds for all the 
school-houses. They consider $100 enough for this object and 
to repair the plastering in the "Brick School-House," Centre 
district. The inhabitants of the other districts are requested to 
imitate those of the North and West districts and to pay "for 
their school-books on delivery." 

The efforts of the committee in former years to secure dis- 
trict school libraries had been opposed, but now that the Com- 
monwealth, by a recent act (1842), offers to pay $15 if a like 
amount is raised toward the expense of such libraries, the 
matter is again urged. This report is in the hand writing of 
Edgar Kimball Whitaker, and is signed by Josiah Noyes, Dexter 
Ware and Mr. Whitaker. 

The report for 1842-3 is not quite so cheerful in tone. In- 
experienced teachers and very irregular attendance of pupils 
offset liberal appropriations and greater interest shown by 
parents. The committee think it a waste for only three-fourths 
of the children to avail of the 11200, "including income from 
' surplus revenue ' and School fund," granted by the town. In 
the summer the whole number of pupils was 358, in the winter 
421, but on May 1, 1842, there were in the town 446 children 
between the ages of four and sixteen years, over sixteen and 
attending school, 26, under four and attending school, 35, 
"making in all over 500 and this does not include all." 

The two new school-houses and the blinds on the other four 
make them compare favorably " with those in towns around us," 
but it is desirable " to have our school-houses on the approach of 
winter banked to the sill to keep out the cold air." " If an 
estimate of the whole expense of the town on building two houses, 
repairing the others, the grant for board & wages of teachers, 
wood, school books, school libraries & private schools, exclusive 


of Rev. Mr. Kimball's & one at the Lower Falls, be made, it 
will exceed $3000." 

Three of the districts had established libraries. " The 
present of a valuable book to each school district by Martin 
Brimmer, Esq., of Boston deserves an expression of thanks to 
the donor." Each school ought to have a globe. The book 
question continued troublesome. The committee approve of the 
vote of the town March 6, 1843, giving the districts the choice of 
the prudential school commitees, "and we hope they will select 
their teachers and have them examined more seasonably than in 
times past." Vocal music was a great success in the schools, if 
the teacher was musical, but the proportion of scholars who 
could sing appeared to be larger than that of the teachers. The 
" multiplicity of studies " interfered with proper instruction in 
writing, which was generally poor, although there were excep- 
tions, especially in the West school. Improvement had been 
made in reading, but a too common fault " is an insufficiency of 
voice so that the exercise is indistinct, perhaps inaudible." 

The names of the teachers are not given in this report. The 
North and West schools were successful throughout the year, the 
music in the latter was "to be accredited to a gentleman resident 
in the district." 

In the South district " some insubordination " in the sum- 
mer term was overcome by the efficient teacher (Miss Adams), 
and in the winter the school " was eminently successful." "Here 
the voices have undergone the most systematic and thorough 
discipline." (Mr. Flagg, the teacher, was well known as a singer.) 

The Plain school " was well conducted " in the summer, 
and in the winter " that assiduous & experienced teacher, who 
had the charge of it several seasons " (Mr.Woodbury), rendered 
efficient service. " While he keeps a journal of his school, his 
scholars are required to keep a faithful record of their conduct 
& attendance." He also allowed the pupils privileges. " By 
the gratuitous services of a gentleman in the district the musical 
talent has been finely improved." 

1901] AMES DIARY. 33 

Writing of the winter term in the Upper Falls district "They 
want an active, experienced teacher — another John Tyler 
Pettee !" 

The summer term was satisfactory, although there was a 
change of teachers " in consequence of domestic affliction." 

In the Centre district in the summer " a good improvement 
was made ; but the preservation of order was a thing not easily 
accomplished." (Miss Ware, later Mrs. Andrew J. Locke, was 
the teacher.) In the winter chaos reigned and the school broke 

This report was written by Dr. Josiah Noyes and signed by 
him, Mr. Ware and Mr. Whitaker. Probably some papers re- 
lating to the schools will be found if attention is called to them. 
Query: Where are the school registers which were kept in 
1841-2, and perhaps earlier ? The school committee state that 
they have no matter relating to the schools of an earlier date 
than 1850. As a note to the article in the July number, I will 
mention the fact that the school-house in the Upper Falls district 
stood near the easterly corner of Central Avenue and Webster 
Street, on the opposite side of the road from the one built in 1842. 
In that year the old house was sold by Rufus Mills, auctioneer, 
and moved westerly along Webster Street, and for many years 
has been a dwelling house, and is now owned by the heirs of 
Francis Alden. The school-house built in 1842 is also a dwell- 
ing house and is owned by William Emery Hurd. 

(To be continued.) 


By Edna Frances Calder. 

( Continued from Vol. XI., page 149.) 

17. Altered springs of my chaise higher. 

19. Visit Dr. Draper again at Roxbury. 

21. Visit Dr. Draper. 

A man lately from Liverpool here at Sol. Whiting's says that 
American pine timber at Liverpool sells at 3-6 sterl. per foot and white 
oak 4S sterling during the war, but in peace will be likely to grow 
cheaper, And since Payton Gay lately carried & sold pine timber at 
Liverpool 2-8 sterling pr foot, this last summer. 


1. Pruning my vines, want true knowledge & practice of French 
or Italian Vigneron some years they yield grapes. 

4. Nat Guild begun Chaise house. 

5. Went Wrentham. 

6. Nat Guild sap pruning. 
8. Kaised chaise house. 

Chronicle of this day contains important matters. 

14. Sent to S. Williams by Lem Gay to renew promise did verbally 

15. Still on Ch' house. 

16. Mrs. Hodgdon's chimney blowed down. 

17. Ink froze last night in S. E. room with fire. 

18. Sundry chimneys &c. blowed down 16 th . 

20. Sundry Carpent" on Ch. house with E. Baker afternoon. 

21. Every hole & crack in Roof my Chaise house I cover with birch 
bark as shingling as I did to my barn & find it effectually excludes 

25. President's Speech or Message arriv'd. excellent. 
27. E. Baker & boys shingle back roof of shed. 
Perry milk paint my Ch' house. 

30. Parish meeting led by F. A. to my excomm'n. 

31. Perry milk painted Ch house 2 nd time. 

(To be continued.) 


Communicated by George K. Clarke. 

From memoranda by Mr. Mann, additional to that printed in the 
October number, it appears that the house of Jeremiah Gay is re- 
corded in the Jennison note book as finished in 1754, and reference 
is made to the houses of Abijah and Silas Stevens under date of 1781. 
Evidently the items do not end with 1774. 

In the April number (1900) I made the statement that the 1830 
plan of the land of the First Parish included 138 acres. I was misled 
by some figures on the plan, which included but 122 acres. The deeds 
of the parish land on the east slope of North Hill account for about 
21 acres more. The Dedham Grant, March 19, 1710-11, calls the area 
20 acres. The whole area of the church lands, prior to any sales, was 
143 acres as per surveys and deeds. Mr. Palmer in his Century 
Sermon stated it as 133 acres. 

Ellis. — The following death record may be of value to some 
genealogist of the Ellis family : — 

Elizb th Ellis mother died November : 83. 
The entry is found in a copy of A Short Catechism, by Samuel 
Stone of Hartford, Conn., (Boston, 1684), and is printed in " Proceed- 
ings of the American Antiquarian Society" (second series, vol. xii, 115). 

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Vol. XII. April, 1901. No. 2. 


THE seventh minister of the First Church and Parish 
in Dedham, Alvan Lamson, was ordained on Octo- 
ber 29, 1818, and resigned his pastorate on October 29, 
i860, having completed forty-two years of service, the 
second longest term in the history of the Church. The 
following facts are supplied by his son, Artemas Ward 
Lamson, Esq. 

Alvan Lamson was a son of John and Hannah 
(Ayres) Lamson, of Weston, Mass., and was born on 
November 18, 1792. His ancestry in this country begins 
with William Lamson (or Lambson), of Ipswich, whose 
early home was in County Durham, in England. His 
grandfather was born in Weston on December 20, 1724; 
and his father, John, was born there on June 3, 1760. 

His boyhood days were spent on his father's farm. 
He received his early education in the district school at 
Weston, and under the tuition of Rev. Dr. Kendall of that 
town ; and was fitted for college at Phillips Academy, 

Led by his natural tastes to seek a college education, 
and finally to prepare for the ministry, he was admitted 
to Harvard College and graduated in the Class of 1814, 
having gained a high rank during the whole course. 
He was diligent and faithful in his work, and won the 
reputation of being one of the best writers of his class. 
Among his classmates were James Walker, afterward 
president of the College, Pliny Merrick, subsequently 

36 REV. ALVAN LAMSON, D.B. [April, 

Judge of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, and Wil- 
liam H. Prescott, the historian. 

From 1814 to 1816 he was a tutor at Bowdoin College ; 
and in 1817 he graduated from the Harvard Divinity 
School in the earliest class of that institution. In 1817 he 
was licensed to preach, and on October 29, 1818, he was 
ordained as pastor of the First Church and Parish in 
Dedham. This Church was gathered in 1638, two years 
after the settlement of the town, and for one hundred and 
eighty years had been free from dissension. Mr. Lamson's 
coming led to a disagreement " as to religious doctrines 
and opinions and the respective rights of the parties." 
This difference led to the so-called Dedham Case, and 
the decision of the Supreme Court (Mass. Reports, XVI., 
488-522) sustaining the action of the Parish and of those 
members of the Church who remained, declaring that 
they continued as the First Church and Parish. 

During his forty-two years of service, he performed 
the parish duties with faithfulness and diligence, and 
and gained the warm regard and love not only of the 
members of his church and parish, but of his fellow 
citizens. Dr. Lamson was a scholar, and excelled as a 
preacher. Beside the duties of his parish he devoted 
himself to literary and historical pursuits. The schools 
of Dedham also claimed his attention, and " probably no 
citizen of the town ever took a deeper interest in the 
schools, worked harder to raise their character and 
standard." He was a member of the school committee 
from 1827 to 185 1, and its chairman from 1844 to 1851. 

In 1837 Harvard College conferred upon him the 
degree of D. D. As an overseer of the college he served 
from 1833 to 1852 ; and for several years he was on the 
examining committee in Rhetoric, while Edward T. 
Channing was professor. 

In 1840, an account of his health, he visited the Hot 
Sulphur Springs of Virginia ; and in 1853 he travelled in 

1901.] REV. ALVAN LAMSON, D.D. 37 

Europe, spending a few months in England, France, 
Switzerland and Germany. With these exceptions most 
of his time was given to his regular duties, which became 
more and more absorbing as the years went on ; and his 
strength from time to time was taxed to the utmost by 
his conscientious devotion to his work. 

With the Rev. Samuel Barrett, in 1830 and 1831, he 
edited " The Unitarian Advocate," with Rev.George Rip- 
ley, in 1835, tne " Boston Observer," and with Rev. Ezra 
S.Gannett from January, 1844, to May, i849,"The Christian 
Examiner." His various works include occasional ser- 
mons, the History of the First Church and Parish in 
Three Discourses, a volume of " Sermons " in 1857, and 
" The Church of the First Three Centuries" (i860) which 
had a second edition in 1865, and a third edition (Lon- 
don, 1875). 

Antiquarian and historical researches interested him 
also. He was one of the earliest members of the Dedham 
Historical Society, and served as its first president from 
March 10, 1859 to 1864. On April 30, 1840, he was elected 
a Resident Member of the Massachusetts Historical 
Society ; and a memoir of him by Dr. Andrew P. Peabody 
appears in the Proceedings (XL, 258-262) for April 14, 
1870. He was also interested in agriculture ; and was 
among the earliest members of the Norfolk Agricultural 

Dr. Ezra S. Gannett said of Dr. Lamson that he " left 
us an example of the best elements in the American 
character. He was a New-Englander in the whole con- 
stitution and spirit of his being: intelligent and inquisi- 
tive, sincere and earnest, patient and resolute ; undemon- 
strative, yet most genial in heart ; a believer in spiritual 
things, but not a stranger to the affairs of this world ; 
possessing true refinement . . . fond of society as a health- 
ful recreation, yet with a little of the diffidence that is apt 
to cleave to the scholar ; conscientious . . . progressive 


where progress is improvement, conservative where 
change must be hurtful ; a Christian gentleman, a faithful 
minister of Christ, a servant of God." 

On July ii, 1825, he married Frances Fidelia, 
daughter of Artemas Ward, who was for a number of 
years Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas. Mr. 
Lamson's death occurred on July 18, 1864. Sketches of 
his life appear in the " Covenant of the First Church," 
etc., Dedham, 1878, pages 48-65, in the History of Norfolk 
County (Philadelphia, 1884), pages 99-101 ; and in the 
History of Middlesex County (Philadelphia, 1890), Vol. I., 
pages 506-8. 


By Alfred B. Page. 

An occasional withdrawal from the festivities during 
a few terpsichorean visits to the neighboring village of 
Walpole has furnished, in part, an opportunity to collect 
the material for this article about the early church affairs 
there. Thus an interesting contrast between those early 
times and these later days has presented itself to the 
mind. So sometimes, unknown even to the persons im- 
mediately about us, the memories of the past are entwined 
with the pleasures of the present, and matters gay and 
grave become closely mingled. 

The earliest recorded action of the town of Walpole 
toward fulfilling the legal requirement of the settling of 
a minister of the gospel was taken on the 29th of October, 
1725, less than a year after the incorporation of the town. 
On that date was chosen a committee, consisting of 
Joshua Clap, Joshua Fisher, and William Robins, "to pro- 
vide a minister." The result of this appointment appears 
in the following vote of the town : — 


Att a meetting of the Town of Wallpole on y e 19 of may 1726 
the Town did then with the Advice of Three of y e Neighbouring Min- 
isters Elect and Choose the Rev d mr Joseph Belcher to Preach the 
Gospel & to Settle In the Work of the ministry Among us and att the 
same meeting the Town Granted one Hundred Pound for Settlement 
of the said mr Joseph Belcher Provided he be our ordained Minister 
fifty Pound of it the Next year after and for his salery The Town 
Granted for — 

This candidate for settlement was Joseph Belcher 
who graduated at Harvard College in the Class of 1723, 
there being two earlier graduates of the same name in the 
years 1690 and 17 17 respectively. The provision in the vote 
that he be the town's " ordained Minister" may have been 
the cause of the delay in his settlement, as he does not seem 
to have gone through that ceremony until some years 
later, when he was ordained in the town of Easton. After 
his ordination he became the minister of Easton, where 
he was settled on October 6, 1731. The Rev. William L. 
Chaffin, in his History of Easton, has an excellent sketch 
of Mr. Belcher, and furnishes an excuse for the present 
communication to the Register, in these words : " Where 
our young graduate spent his days, or what he did, from 
the time of his graduation until his settlement at Easton, 
cannot now be told." The young man's ministry at Wal- 
pole partially covers this period of his life. 

Further action in this matter of a minister was taken 
by a meeting of the town of Walpole on March 5, 1728, 
when it was voted to adjourn the meeting to April 16, "to 
Renew the Call to mr Belcher." The record of this ad- 
journed meeting is as follows : — 

At A Meeting of y e Town of Walpole on y e 16 aprill 1728 It was 
proposed to Settle M r Joseph Belcher in the Work of the Ministry ac- 
cording to the acts that are allread[y] Recorded In y e Town Book 
and Voted in the affirmitive 

The Answer m r Belcher Gave to The Call is as followeth 

Walpole May 17 th 1728. To the Inhabitants of Walpole 
Sirs I Desire to be duely sencible of the Importance of The Work and 


service unto Which you have so kindly Invited me among you and I 
am sencible That it is an afair which Requireth great Deliberation 
and Serious Thought and who Indeed is Suffishent for These Things 
I hope I have Taken the Call Which I Receved from you to settle In 
The Work of The Ministry among you into serious Consideration 
and I Hope I have Endeovered to Delibrate Thereupon With So- 
lemnity Seriousness and affection and I hope and Trust I have had 
the Divine Derection in The methods of Piety Together with The 
Councell and advice of Able and wise Judges with Respect to My 
Proceeding in the Weighty affair before me I would Endeovour to 
Consider and Take'Notice of The Providence of God in your Elect- 
ing and Calling me to Settle in The Work of the Ministry among you 
and in your Renewing the Call of Late and I am Perswaded Thatt 
divine Providence Calls and Oblidges me to an acceptance Where- 
fore Thankfully accepting your Call to Settle in the work of the Min- 
istry among you my answer Thereto is in the afnrmitive in Which I 
Desire Willingly and Sincearly to give up my self to The Service of 
Christ in The gospel among you Depending upon Divine help and 
assistance Hoping That you Will nott be wanting Hereafter in your 
kindness and and [sic] Encoragements Towards me and so be speak- 
ing you To Joyn with me in Sincere and fervant Prayers to god for 
his Gracious assistance Blessing and Direction in the Important afair 
before us I subscribe my self your servant in Offices of Duty and 
Love Joseph Belcher 

— Here is Something Relating to mr Belchers Call w h is as follows 
Walpole October y e 7 1728 This May Certifie That I Oblidge 
Not the Inhabitants of Walpole to Obtain by Purchase the Lands 
lying in Walpole belonging to y e Church of Dedham expresesed in y e 
Call no farther then their free Consent May be Relating Thereunto 
In Testimony whereof I set my hand Joseph Belcher 

These items from the town records also give an idea 
of religious affairs in the town soon after its incorpora- 
tion, and may be worth printing on that account. The 
minister's letter of acceptance furnishes an example of 
the humble and prayerful deliberation with which steps 
in spiritual matters were taken in those days. A marked 


similarity to his later letter to the town of Easton is easily 

This first ministry of the town and of the man was 
less than a year in duration and was ended by the action 
of the town in the following spring. 

The record runs thus: — 

Aprile the 28 1729 asambled the select men and apint a town 
meting in the foiling order on the fifteh of may for the town to con- 
seder consarning dismising of the rauerand m r Joseph belcher from 
being our minister and for the town to conseder consarning paying 
of the ravarned m r belcher the fifty pounds of the setlement mony 
grantd to him in his coll with the fifti pounds salary and farther mov 
for the town to grant moni money [sic] to 

On the appointed day, May 5, 1729, " it was put to the 
vote of the town wather thay wode dismese mr belcher 
from being thare menster and past in the afarmitiue." 

Steps were soon taken in the matter of a successor, 
and of the two candidates, Mr. Joseph Baxter (H. C. 1724) 
and Mr. Phillips Payson, the latter was chosen and his 
pastorate lasted many years. 

Akin to the preceding matters is the question of the 
family connection between the Reverend Joseph Belcher, 
minister of Dedham, and the Reverend Joseph Belcher, 
minister of Walpole and Easton. I have been unable 
to confirm the statement that the latter was the nephew 
of the former, as I should like to do. For if this was the 
relationship between them, the petition of the young 
man's grandparents, which is printed below, might ac- 
count for his peculiarities in later life, on the ground of 
hereditary temperament. 

The petition with the action thereon is found in the 
Early Court Files (No. 1595) in the office of the Clerk of 
the Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, and acknowledgment 
for permission to copy the same is due to Mr. Noble. 
The paper is as follows : — 


To The Honored Gou r n r . Deputy Gou r n r . 

And The Rest of the Majestrates Now 


The Humble Petition of Joseph Belcher And 

Rebecka Belcher His Wife 

Humbly Sheweth : 

Thatt whereas yo r Poor Petition 13 haue by the Wickedness of 
there own hearts and Instigation of Satan Liued very vncomfortably 
togeth r ffor sometime Past, and are both of vs in the fault, which 
hath broughtt Dishono r to the Name of God & Trouble to the Hono rd 
Courtts and Disgrace to o r selues ffo r which Wee haue Deserued this 
Just Sentance frrom yo r Hono rs , And that yo r Hono rs will be pleased 
to Remitt the Sentance or Punishment Wee doe sollemnly Promise, 
in the P r sence of God thatt through his Help and Assistance wee 
will both of vs Indeau r to Liue Peaceablely Louingly & quiatly as 
man & wife aught to Doe one With an Other & thatt wee Doe hereby 
Promise to bee Reconsiled Each to the Other the Remitting of which 
sentance will bee an Instrumentall Cause for o r Reconsiliation And 
Wee hope ffo r the time to Come by the help of God Wee shall Neu r 
Giue any Just Cause Each to the oth r nor offend in the Like Kind to 
Trouble yo r Hon rs any more And yo r Poor Petition 183 as Jn Duty 
Bound shall Eu r Pray : 

Joseph Belcher 
31 th of may 1677: Rebekah Bellcher 

This petition was Read before y e Gou r no r & Magists & ouned 
by them both to be their Act & on pervsall whereof the Gou r no r & 
magists on this their humble acknouledgm* & promise Remitt there 
punishment ordering that the sajd Joseph Eelchar Give bis oune 
bond & Accordingly the sajd Joseph Belchar acknouledged himself 
bound in forty pounds to y e Tresure r of the Countey on this Con- 
diton : that he shall be of Good behauiour towards his wife & all 
othe r s that he pe r forme his promise aboue=thus donn y e day & 
yere abouesajd 

E[dward] R[awson] S\ecretary\ 

Jn° Gill also acknowledged himself as his Daughter Rebeckah 
Belchars Sue r ty in y e like Sume of forty pounds to the Tresurer of 
y e Countey on y s Condition that his sajd Daughter Rebeckah 

1901.] EATON FAMILY. 43 

Belchar be of Good behauio r towrds hir husband and all others & 
y l She also pforme hir promise as as [sic] aboue Thus donn the 

day & yeere abouesajd past 

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By John Eaton Alden, of Newton, Mass. 
(Continued from page 20.) 

23* Joseph 6 Eaton ( Thomas 5 , John 4 ", John*, John 2 , 
John 1 ), son of Thomas 5 and Sarah (Whiting) Eaton, was 
born at Dedham in 1774, was a housewright and settled 
in Boston, where he married 8 Feb., 1798, Hannah, 
daughter of Alden and Hannah (Tyler) Bass and great, 
great, grand-daughter of John Bass and Ruth Alden, 
daughter of John and Priscilla Alden. He died 8 Feb., 
1809: Hannah died 17 Feb., 1816. Children: — 

Eliza, b. 9 Jan., 1799 ; d. unmarried 29 July, 1883. 

Charlotte, b. 17 June, 1800 ; d. in infancy. 

Caroline, twin sister of Charlotte ; also d. in infancy. 

Joseph Bass, b. 25 Jan., 1803, m. 19 Oct., 1837, Charlotte 
H. Reed. He d. in Boston, 22 Nov., 1878. 

Edwin, b. 17 Oct., 1804 ; d. 21 March, 1823. 

George Thomas, b. 4 Aug., 1807 : d. in infancy. 

24. Reuben 6 Eaton {Thomas*, John**, John*, John 2 , 
John 1 ), son of Thomas 5 and Sarah (Whiting) Eaton, was 
born at Dedham, 25 April, 1783; was a hatter in Boston. 
About 181 2 he removed to Waterville, Maine, where he 
had a farm. He died 5 Oct., 1872, at the house of his 
daughter, Mrs. Eames, in Cambridge, Mass. He married 
22 Jan., 1809, Mary Bridge. She was born 1 May, 1788, 
and died 6 March, 1870. Children: — 

44 EATON FAMILY. [April, 

Sarah Ann, b. 5 Dec, 1809 ; d. 1817. 

Mary Bridge, b. 30 Aug., 1811 ; m. 1 Feb., 1833, Peter 
G. Smith, and had five children. 

Hannah Shores, b. 9 Aug., 1813 ; m. 1 April,1835, Henry 
H. Eames. They reside at Cambridge, and have had 
eleven children. 

Thomas Nathaniel Bridge, b. 24 July, 1815 ; m. 12 
March, 1844, Rebecca F. Wilson, and lives at Wilming- 
ton, Del. 

Sarah Ann, b. 28 May, 1817 • d. 1818. 

14. Isaac 5 Eaton (John\ John*, John 2 , John 1 ), son of 
John 4 and Elizabeth (Lovering) Eaton, was born at Ded- 
ham 31 July, 1745, and spent his life as a farmer in his 
native town. He was a member of the first company of 
militia under the captaincy of his brother John. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Bacon, 26 Dec, 1769. She died in a few 
years, and he married. 2dly, Sarah Carver of Dedham, 3 
May, 1775. He died 17 Jan., 1822, and she died 10 Oct., 
1844, aged 95 years. Children : — 

Isaac, b. 27 Jan., 1776 ; died in Boston, 13 Sept., 1838. 

Calvin, b. 6 Jan., 1778 ; d. 31 Aug., 1809. 

Sarah, b. 19 May, 1782 : m. 10 July, 1822, Rev. William 
Balch of New Salem. He died 31 Aug., 1822 ; she died 
10 Oct., 1850 ; they had a son, Benjamin W. Balch. 
25. Luther 6 , b. 4 May, 1785. 

25. Luther 6 Eaton (Isaac 5 , John^, John z , John 2 , 
John 1 ), son of Isaac 5 and Sarah (Carver) Eaton, was born 
in Dedham, 4 May, 1785; settled at Eddington, Penob- 
scot Co., Maine, where he married 1 Aug., 1816, Lucy 
Spooner Holland of Petersham, Mass., who was born 30 
Sept., 1786. He died at Eddington, 12 Feb., 1852. She 
died at Bangor, 21 April, 1863. Children: — 

Sarah Carver, b. June 27, 1817 ; m. Dec. 24, 1835, An- 
drew Thatcher Palmer, who died 25 June, 1858. No 

Calvin, b. 25 July, 1819 ; d. 1820. 

1901.] EATON FAMILY. 45 

Luther Holland, b. 23 Oct, 1821 ; lived in Bangor ; m. 

30 Oct., 1854, Lydia Lane ; died 17 Jan., 1878. Had 

three children. 
Elizabeth Winslow, b. 17 July, 1824. 
Lucy Anna, b. 22 July, 1827 ; d. at Bangor, 5 Feb., 1862. 
Clarissa Dwight, b. 24 Sept., 1830. 

15. Joseph 5 Eaton (John 4 ', Jo kn z , John 2 , John 1 ), son 
of John 4 and Elizabeth (Lovering) Eaton, was born at 
Dedham 28 March, 1748, and lived there. He married 
20 Dec, 1770, Mary, daughter of Israel and Elizabeth 
(Whiting) Fairbanks, and died 24 Sept., 1772. His widow 
married 9 May, 1775, John Dean of South Dedham, and 
was grandmother of the second wife of the seventh John 
Eaton of Dedham. Children : — 

Mary, b 26 Nov., 1771, d. 1772. 

Joanna, b. 1 March, 1773. She m. at Boston, 13 Aug., 
1792, Richard Colburn. {Boston Records, also Trinity 
Church Records?) Children : — 

Warren Colburn, b. 1 March 1793, was a graduate 

of Harvard College, a skilled mathematician, and 

the author of several school books. He died in 

Lowell, 13 Sept., 1833 ; married 28 Aug., ]823, 

Temperance Cordelia Horton of Boston. They had 

five children. 
Roxanna Colburn, b. 10 Dec, 1794 ; m. 30 July, 1813, 

Elijah Thompson of Walpole. Had four children. 
Nancy Colburn, b. 22 Dec, 1796 ; m. Oliver Clapp of 

Walpole. Had one son. 
Mary Colburn, b. 19 May, 1799; m. 24 May, 1817, 

David Cook of Newport, R. I. Had eight children. 
Leonard Colburn, b. 31 Dec, 1801 ; d. unm., 3 April, 

Joanna Colburn, b. 21 June, 1804 ; m. Lyman Pratt 

of Charlton, Mass. Had four children. 
Elizabeth Phillips Colburn, b. 25 Feb., 1808 ; m. Ezra 

Keyes, and lived in Norwood. Had five children. 

46 EATON FAMILY. [April, 

Joseph Eaton Colburn, b. 29 March, 1812 ; m. Ann 

Kimball. He d. 4 March, 1840. Had two children. 

Samuel Richard Colburn, b. 3 Nov., 1815; m. Caroline 

Burt of Tewksbury. Had one child. 

(For an account of Warren Colburn, see Register of April, 1894.) 

4. Thomas 3 Eaton (Johifi, John}), son of John 2 and 
Alice Eaton, was born at Dedham, 23 July, 1675, and 
lived there until the time of his marriage, 1697, when he 
removed to Roxbury for a year or two. By 1702 or 1703 
he was living in Woodstock, Conn., where he purchased 
the original share of land and the rights belonging to 
Nathaniel Gary. In 1722 he went ta Ashford, Conn. He 
was a man of considerable wealth. The inventory of his 
estate was for ,£4080 real, and ^935 personal. He mar- 
ried at Dedham 5 Oct., 1697, Lydia, daughter of Nathaniel 
and Lydia (Starr) Gay, born 12 Aug., 1679. She was first 
cousin to Mary and Lydia Starr, who married the younger 
brothers of Thomas Eaton. He died at Ashford, 14 Aug., 
1748, and his wife died 29 Aug., 1748. Children: — 

Thomas, b. at Roxbury, 13 Sept., 1698. 


Hannah, d. 20 Dec, 1748. 

Nathaniel 4 , b. at Woodstock, 8 June, 1704. 

David, b. at Woodstock, 21 July, 1706. 

Joshua, b. at Woodstock, 23 Sept., 1709. 

Anne, b. at Woodstock, 31 May, 1712 ; m. Seth Johnson. 

Ebenezer, b. at Woodstock, 15 Aug., 1715 ; d. 19 Dec, 

Ephraim, b. at Woodstock, 15 Aug., 1715 ; d. young. 

9. Jos i ah 4 Eaton (William*, John 2 , John 1 ), born at 
Dedham, 4 April, 171 1, son of William 3 and Mary (Starr) 
Eaton, removed to Needham, and probably settled on a 
farm inherited from his father; he was also a blacksmith. 
He married, 28 April, 1736, Sarah, born 20 July, 1715, 
daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth (Ellis) Day of Dedham. 
He died at Needham, 23 April, 1796, and his wife died 
there, 7 May, 1803. Children : — 

1901.] EATON FAMILY. 47 

Sarah, b. 19 Aug., 1737 ; m. 5 May, 1770, Jesse Kings- 
bury of Needham. He died 11 Aug., 1787 ; and she 
died 11 Feb., 1810. They had three children. 

Beulah, b. 22 March, 1739 ; d. 3 April, 1747. 

Josiah, b. 18 Jan., 1741 ; d. 9 Aug., 1741. 

Silence, b. 8 June, 1742 ; d. unm., 1 Aug. 1821. 

26. Ebenezer 5 , b. 29 March, 1744. 

27. John 5 , b. 7 June, 1746. 

Josiah, b. 16 Aug., 1748 ; d. 29 Oct., 1776. 

28. Jonathan 5 , b. 11 Aug., 1750. 

Mary, b. 26 Feb., 1753 ; m. 19 Aug., 1776, Joseph Kings- 
bury of Needham. She d. 29 Oct., 1805. He d. 20 
June, 1820. » They had seven children. 

29. William 5 , b. 10 April, 1755. 

26. Ebenezer 5 Eaton {JosiaJft, William*, John 2 , 
John 1 ), born at Needham, 29 March, 1744, went first to 
Westminster, Mass., perhaps about 1770, for "Mr. Eben- 
ezer Eaton of Westminster and Miss Sarah Humphrey 
of Dedham were married Sept. 2d, 1773." Mrs. Sarah 
Eaton died 12 Oct., 1784. He married, probably the next 
year, Joanna, daughter of Israel and Elizabeth (Hutch- 
inson) Richardson of Templeton, baptized 27 July, 1766. 
They removed to Gardner. He died 18 Dec, 1800, and 
his widow married Simeon Metcalfe, 16 Feb., 1801, and 
lived in Barre, where she died about 1803. Children by 
first wife : — 

Ebenezer, b. 21 Nov., 1774 : m. 1st, Lydia Chamberlain ; 

2dly, Eunice Ramsdell. Had six children. 
Jonas, b. 3 Oct., 1776 ; m. Sally Powers. He died 4 Aug., 

1813. Had five children. 
Sarah, b. 6 April, 1779 ; m. 1 Feb., 1808, Enoch Hall,and 
went to Dover, Vt. She married, 2dly, Elijah Baldwin. 
Humphrey, b. 24 Nov., 1782; d. 12 Aug., 1849. 

Children by second wife : — 

Betsey, b. 26 May, 1786 ; d. 4 April, 1795. 
George, b. 19 Feb., 1788 ; m. Apphia Smith, and died in 
St. Lawrence Co., X. Y„ 7 March, 1863. 

48 EATON FAMILY. [April, 

Clarissa, b. 6 July, 1790 ; d. 5 April, 1795. 

27. John 5 Eaton (Josiatfi, William*, John 2 , John 1 ), 
was born at Needham, 7 June, 1746. He was a soldier in 
the Revolution, and was present at the surrender of Gen. 
Burgoyne. He married Mary Larkin of Lancaster, 17 
May, 1779; lived in Gardner, Mass., and died there 24 
Nov., 1827. His wife died 22 Sept., 1817. Children: — 

Lucy, b. 31 May, 1783 ; m. Boyden. 

Josiah, b. 13 Jan., 1787 ; d. 7 Dec, 1862, at Ashburnham. 
Mary, b. 1 Jan., 1790 ; m. 10 Jan., 1811, Isaac Williams. 
John, b. 3 Aug., 1792 ; d. in Gardner, 1 March, 1865. 
Nancy, b. 6 July, 1795 ; m. 25 Qct., 1822, Joseph Wright. 
Peter, b. 27 Dec, 1799 ; d. in Gardner, 12 Nov., 1873. 

28. Jonathan 5 Eaton (Josiah\ William?, John 2 , 
John 1 ) was born at Needham, 11 Aug., 1750. He lived 
at Gardner, Mass., and married 27 Nov., 1790, Beulah 
Ward. She was his cousin, daughter of his aunt, Abiel 
Eaton, and her husband, John Ward,; of Newton. She 
was born 29 June, 1757. Jonathan died at Gardner in 
Aug., 1819. Children : — 

Beulah, b. 29 Dec, 1791, d. 1801. 
Jonathan, b. 13 Sept., 1794, d. 1795. 
Joseph, b. 7 Jan., 1796 ; d. same year. 
Benjamin, b. 7 Jan., 1796; d. same year. 
Jonathan, b. 3 June, 1798. 
Rebecca, b. 1 Oct., 1801, d. 1821. 

29. William 5 Eaton (Josiah\ William?, John 2 , 
John 1 ), was born at Needham 10 April, 1755, and lived all 
his life on the old homestead in that town ; was a "minute 
man," and was at the fight at Lexington. He married 15 
Dec, 1785, Sarah, daughter of Eliphalet Kingsbury. He 
died 14 Jan., 1839 ; his wife died 28 Dec, 1840, aged 75 
years. Children : — 

Sally, b. 14 Nov., 1786 ; d. 1791. 
Nabby, b. 12 April, 1789 ; d. 1791. 
Lucy, b. 10 Aug., 1791 ; d. 14 Oct., 1834. 

1901.] EATON FAMILY. 49 

30. William 6 , b. 24 July, 1793. 

Sally, b. [ ] ; d. 17 Aug., 1803. 

31. Josiah 6 , b. 21 Feb., 1807. 

Louisa, b. 16 Nov., 1811 ; m. 5 May, 1841, George L. 
Kingsbury of Needham, and has one daughter, Sarah 
Louisa, b. 30 April, 1847, who m. 22 Dec, 1870, F. L. 
Fuller of Needham. 

30. William 6 Eaton ( William', Josiah*, William*, 
John?, John 1 ), was born at Needham 24 July, 1793, and 
lived there. He was a house builder, and frequently an 
officer of the town and church. He was tall and strong 
in person, and was esteemed for his liberality, common 
sense, and faithfulness to every duty and trust. He mar- 
ried, 17 June, 1819, Sally, daughter of Abiathar and Meri- 
bah (Fuller) Johnson. He died 21 Dec, 1876; his wife 
died 4 Nov., 1856. Children, born at Needham : — 

George Emerson, b. 2 Dec, 1819. 

Emily, b. 4 Oct., 1821 ; m. 1 May, 1845, George H. Gay. 

Augustus, b. 16 Feb., 1823. 

Charles, b. 9 July, 1824 ; d. 26 Dec, 1826. 

Ellen Elizabeth, b. 5 March, 1826 ; m. 20 April, 1848, 

John F. J. Mayo. 
Mary Jane, b. 12 Aug., 1828. 
Adeline Maria, b. 15 Oct., 1830 ; m. 26 May, 1864, John 

M. Harris. 
Charles William, b. 23 May, 1833. 
Everett Johnson, b. 23 Dec, 1837 ; d. 8 June, 1896. 

31. Josiah 6 Eaton (William*, Josiah*, William^, 
John\ John 1 ), born at Needham, 21 Feb., 1807, and lived 
there until 1865, when he removed to Roxbury. He mar- 
ried Mary Horton of Canton, 1 Dec, 1831. She was born 
Jan. 16, 1807 ; died 18 May, 1867 ; he died 1 April, 1889. 
Children: — 

Caroline, b. 7 May, 1832 ; m. 29 July, 1863, William F. 

Bell of Roxbury. 
Josiah, b. April, 1836; d. 1838. 
Josiah, b. 28 Oct., 1839. 

50' EATON FAMILY. [April, 

10. Jeremiah 4 Eaton ( William*, John 2 , John 1 ), son 
of William 3 and Mary (Starr) Eaton, was born at Ded- 
ham 4 March, 1716; lived in Needham, probably on land 
inherited from his father. He married, 28 Feb., 1751, 
Elizabeth Woodcock ; they both died about 1792-1800. 
Children : — 

Jeremiah 5 , b. 15 Nov., 1751 ; went with his brothers and 
sister to Hancock, N. H., and died unmarried, 19 April, 

32. Moses 5 , b. 19 June, 1753. 

Elizabeth, b. 2 Nov., 1755 ; d. 26 April, 1783. 

33. Lemuel 5 , b. 26 Feb., 1758. 

34. Samuel 5 , b. 20 Oct., 1760. 

Beulah, bapt. 24 July, 1763 ; d. 15 June, 1792. 

Hannah, b. 29 April, 1766 ; d. 29 Oct.', 1792. 

Alice, b. 19 March, 1770 ; m. May, 1805, Ebenezer Ware, 

and removed to Hancock, N. H., and died there in 

1853. He died 7 Oct., 1857. 

32. Moses 5 Eaton (Jeremiah^, William*, John 2 , 
John 1 ), son of Jeremiah 4 and Elizabeth (Woodcock) 
Eaton, was born at Needham 19 June, 1753. He lived in 
Needham till 1793, when he removed to Hancock, N. H., 
where he was a farmer for many years. He married, 1st, 
Lois Scott, and after her death, Esther Ware of Need- 
ham, 31 Dec, 1789. He died in Dublin, N. H., 18 Feb., 
1833, and Esther died 22 Oct., 1850. Children : — 

Anna, b. at Needham, 13 July, 1783 ; probably d. young. 
Lois, b. at Needham, 1785 ; m. Moses Dennis of Hancock, 

and d. in 1816. 
Elizabeth, b. at Needham, 16 May, 1791 ; d. 1792. 
Hannah, b. at Needham, 1 Dec, 1792 ; d. 1793. 
Moses, b. at Hancock, 3 Aug., 1796. 
Esther, b. at Hancock, 6 Aug., 1798 ; m. 16 March, 1820, 

Daniel Fiske of Dublin ; she d. 2 Dec, 1858. 
Rhoda, b. at Hancock, 13 Jan., 1806 ; m. 22 Dec, 1831, 

Nathan Holt of Dublin ; died 1875. 

1901.] EATON FAMILY. 51 

33. Lemuel 5 Eaton (jferemiah^, William*, John?, 
John 1 ), son of Jeremiah 4 and Elizabeth (Woodcock) 
Eaton, was born at Needham 26 Feb., 1758; was a soldier 
of the Revolution ; was in service when the British evac- 
uated Boston, and later was in service at Ticonderoga ; 
towards the close of the war he was stationed at the Castle 
in Boston Harbor. He married in Needham, 16 Feb., 
1792, Sarah, daughter of Ebenezer and Esther Ware. 
They soon removed to Hancock, N. H., and lived there 
greatly respected. He died 11 Oct., 1843; an d his wife 
died 1 Nov., 1845, a & e d 78 years. Children : — 

Lemuel, b. 16 Oct., 1794. 

Ebenezer, b. 20 March, 1797 ; d. 14 Nov., 1810. 

Timothy, b. 1 Aug., 1799. 

34. Samuel 5 Eaton (Jeremiah^, Williajn*, John?, 
John 1 ), son of Jeremiah 4 and Elizabeth (Woodcock) 
Eaton, was born at Needham 20 Oct., 1760. He was a 
soldier of the Revolution, having enlisted so young- that 
he had to stuff the soles of his boots to make himself ap- 
pear tall enough to pass muster. He went with his 
brothers to Hancock, N. H., was a farmer, and died 2 
July, 1825. He married Lucy Jewell of Stow, Mass., 8 
July, 1799. She died 7 April, 1828. Children : — 

Lucy, b. 7 Oct., 1800 ; d. unm. 15 April, 1825. 
Rebecca, b. 23 May, 1802 ; m. Hiram Fairfield in 1850. 
John, b. 19 Sept., 1803. 
Betsey, b. 12 June, 1806 ; was second wife of Daniel 

Fiske of Dublin, whose first wife was her cousin, Esther 

Eaton. She died 2 Oct., 1881. 

6. Jonathan 3 Eaton (/ohn 2 , John 1 ), was born at Ded- 
ham 3 Sept., 1681, son of John 2 and Alice Eaton. He 
went to Connecticut in 1703 and bought land at Wood- 
stock, in part now Putnam. In 1702 he paid taxes in Ded- 
ham; in 1704 in Woodstock; and in 1705 in Dedham 
only, being " eased from all the rates" in Woodstock by 
special vote of the town. He attended church at Wood- 

52 EATON FAMILY. [April, 

stock until the establishment of a church in Killingly in 
1730, of which he was chosen first deacon. His wife was 
the second daughter of Comfort and Mary Starr of Ded- 
ham, born 8 Feb., 1687, and called Abiah, but baptized at 
Watertown as Lydia, 17 June, 1688. Deacon Jonathan 
Eaton died 25 June, 1748, aged 67. His wife died 4 
March, 1751. Children, recorded at Woodstock: — 

Lydia, b. 5 Nov., 1707 ; m. 25 Jan., 1731, Philemon 
Chandler of Pomfret, and had two children ; he died 5 
Jan., 1736; she m. (2dly) 7 March, 1737, Edward 

Keziah, b. 24 May, 1710; m. 20 Jan., 1732, Deliverance 
Cleveland of Canterbury. She died 19 Sept., 1742. 
Had five children. 

Alice, b. 28 Nov., 1712; m. 18 Feb., 1736, Joseph 
Leavens, Jr., of Killingly, and had six children. 

Susanna, b. 8 April, 1715 ; m. Thomas Grou of Pomfret. 

Jerusha, b. 16 April, 1717 ; m. John Bucklin of Coventry, 
R. I. 

Hannah, b. 17 Aug., 1719 ; m. Seth Johnson of Thomp- 
son, and had six children. 

Jonathan, b. 10 Nov., 1721 ; lived in Berkshire County, 

John, b. 18 May, 1724; moved to Adams, Mass; d. 19 
Sept., 1788. 

Penelope, b. 21 March, 1727. 

Comfort, b. 25 Sept., 1729 

Marston, b. 21 Oct., 1731 ; d. 3 May, 1776. 

Note. The Genealogical Dictionary by James Savage, Vol. II., 
page 95, says : — 

John Eaton of "Watertown . . . removed to Dedham, had by w. Abigail, b. there, 
John, 6 Jan., 1640, (in transcrib. from the orig. town rec. the County registrar made this 
name Abigail . . . wh. example should serve for caution to all readers of pretended 
records.) John of Dedham, perhaps son of first John ; had w. Alice, who d. 9 May, 
1694 ; and he d. 28 Oct., following. 

Whereas ; The town records clearly state that Abigail was born 
6 Jany., 1640 (6 of the 11 mo. 1639 ;) and the evidence tends to show 
that John 2 was born in 1636 ; that he died Dec. 24, 1715 ; and it was 
John*, who died Oct. 28, 1694. 


Errata: Page 75, Vol. XI., first line ; July 35, should be July 25. 
Vol. XII., page 16, Lucy Eaton died 13 May 1829 ; should be 13 May 

By Caelos Slaftek. 

{Continued from page 24.) 

Albert J. Ingalls was master of the Second Middle School 
in the winter of 1851-2. He had been for a year or two a 
member of Dartmouth College, but he did not graduate. Later 
he was in business in Fitchburg, but finally died as a soldier in 
the war of the Rebellion. Socially he was very entertaining, 
abounding in wit and humor, which often relieved the monotony 
of School routine. Visitors often found amusement as well as 
instruction in his work, his queer remarks sometimes under- 
mining the firmest resolve to be sedate. 

Garcelon De Fonteney, a native of France, educated at 
Charlemagne College, Paris, taught the French language in the 
High School one year from May 17, 1852. He did faithful 
work, but his knowledge of English was too limited to give his 
efforts the desired effect. . It even afforded some amusement 
at times. One day his class returned from the recitation room 
in a very gleeful mood. In answer to my inquiries, one of the 
pupils informed me that M. Fonteney, in trying to explain that 
the serpent was used as a symbol of eternity, declared that 
" they use snakes for cimbals in heaven." 

Two winter terms, 1849-50 and 1850-51, the Readville 
School was under the care of Henry C. Nash. He formed a 
class in Latin which at the end of the second term had read the 
first book of Yirgil's Aeneid. At the close of the first term 
the « ' Committee found a class there in Latin which made a 
very creditable appearance." 

In the summer of 1849, Mary A. Dunlop was mistress of 
the school in the South district of the South parish. 


Charles Sprague Lincoln was master of the South School, 
South Parish, in the winter of 1849-50, having previously 
taught in Somerville, Watertown, Walpole and Orleans. He 
is the son of Christopher and Eliza (Williston) Lincoln, born 
in Walpole, N. H., April 20, 1826. He prepared for college 
in his native town, and graduated from Harvard in 1850. He 
married Louisa E. Plimpton, of Southbridge, Oct. 1, 1856; 
and has been a member of the Boston Bar since 1854. Almost 
continuously since 1852 he has resided in the town and city of 
Somerville, where he has made himself a useful member of the 
community by discharging acceptably the many offices of honor 
and trust to which he was called by the suffrages of his fellow 
citizens. Forty-four years he has been an active member of 
the First Congregational Society ; for twenty-two years, a 
trustee of the Public Library. 

Charles Gates taught the Mill School a year, resigning his 
position in 1852 ; going, perhaps, to teach in New York City ; 
at least it was so reported. 

A Miss Hewins is mentioned with high commendation as 
teaching in South Dedham in 1852. 

The same year, 1852, Miss E. T. Waterman taught the 
Readville school. 

Mary Ann Bullard taught the primary class of the Mill 
School in 1853 and 1854. She afterwards had charge of a 
private school in Dedham Village ; and in 1858 of the summer 
school at Readville. But she then yielded to the claims of her 
home and kindred, and devoted many years to the care of her 
aged parents, and invalid sister and brother; all whom she 
carefully attended through the days of their decline and dis 
solution. She is the daughter of William and Rebecca 
(Daggett) Bullard, born in Dedham ; and now resides at the 
family homestead, Readville Street, Hyde Park. 

One year from April, 1852, Ellen Harod Crehore was an 
assistant teacher in the Mill School : then was two years a 

1901.] OF DEDHAM. 55 

primary teacher in the First Middle : next taught several 
months in Canton, 1858 : after this, from 1858 to 1867, was 
employed in the Maverick and Mather schools of Dorchester : 
then taught a year in Miss Hodges' private school : finally, from 
1872 to 1874, she did her last work as a teacher of children, at 
the Avery School, and in the same room where she began to 
teach in 1852. In September, 1874, she became a member of 
the School Committee of Dedham, and as such served the 
town over six years. For more than ten years she was active 
in charity work, in the Industrial Union and Associated 
Charities, earning and receiving the deep gratitude of many. 
It is just to say, that in all these fields, her work has been 
duly appreciated by the residents of Dedham. She is the 
daughter of Jeremiah and Joanna (Dunbar) Crehore, born in 
Milton, July 1, 1835; and was a member of the first class 
entering the Dedham High School in 1851. She now resides 
at Canton Junction. 

Her sister, Augusta Crehore, taught a private school in 
East Dedham, about a year and a half, beginning in April, 

1856. She is a native of Milton, born Jan. 7, 1838 ; also 
attended the Dedham High School, and afterwards Mrs. Ben- 
jamin Kent's School in Roxbury. Her present residence is at 
Canton Junction. 

Caroline K. Mckerson began to teach in Dedham as 
mistress of the Clapboard trees School in 1852 : also had charge 
of it in 1855. In 1856 she was employed in the Mill School 
as teacher of the second class, and continued there till October, 

1857, when she went to Dorchester, teaching there about three 
years. Then she went to Roxbury and has taught in the same 
school to the present time, 1901. She is the daughter of 
Luther and Esther Mckerson of Orleans, Mass. 

Miss [ ] Nash taught very acceptably in East Street 
in 1852. 

About two years, 1853 to 1855, Adeline Stockbridge had 
efficient charge of the primary department of the South Ded- 


ham School. She was born in East Randolph, Dec. 28, 1823, 
the daughter of Nehemiah B. and Euth (Porter) Stockbridge. 
She attended the Charlestown Female Seminary, and graduated 
from the Bridge water Normal School, August 4, 1852. She 
first taught a school in North Bridge water. She left Dedham 
in 1855, to teach the primary school on East Street, Boston, 
where she labored 16 years, and was teaching on the day of 
her death, Jan. 27, 1871, thus completing a life of great use- 

(To be continued.) 


By Albert A. Folsom. 

The extract given below is copied from the Royal 
Gazette, New York, Saturday, November^ 1780. 

The following letters were found (in the mail on its passage from 
the Southern to the Eastern provinces) intercepted and taken at the 
House of Peet the Post Rider near Stratford, in Connecticut ; 
Dear Brother. 

I have been greatly disapointed in the operations of this cam- 
paign, and also in the supplies of the Army, which have been miserable 
in the months of August, and the most of September, then we did not 
draw four ounces of beef per day per man, on an average, and our 
flour was very poor ; but now we are much better supplied with bread 
and beef W. Stevens. 

Camp Orange-Town, October 16, 1780. 
To Mr. James Stevens. 
Dedham near Boston. 

On August 18, 1780, General Washington issued the 
following order to the Army at Orangtown, which cor- 
roborates the letter of William Stevens as to the low 
state of supplies. 

In the present state of our Magazines of provisions it is of the 
greatest importance that we should use all possible care in the dis- 


tribution, the General directs and requests all officers who sign returns, 
to be particularly circumspect to prevent impositions, by which he 
will render essential service to the Army, and his Country. 

Captain William Stevens's military career as related 
on page 382 of Hoitman's Register of the Continental 
Army is as follows : — 

William Stevens, Mass. 1st Lieutenant of Knox's Regiment Con- 
tinental Artillery, 1st January, 1776; Captain Lieutenant 2d Contin- 
ental Artillery, 1st January 1777; Captain, 12th September, 1778 : 
transferred to Corps of Artillery, 17 June, 1783, and served to 
November, 1783. 

In the History of the Massachusetts Society of the 
Cincinnati, Boston, 1890, appears the following : — 

William Stevens. Of Dedham ; was a member of Paddock's 
Artillery Co. in Boston ; 1st lieut. in Knox's Artillery reg. 1 Jan. 1776 ; 
Capt. in Lamb's reg. 12 Sept. 1778. He is said to have been one of 
the best shots with heavy ordinance in the Army, and was in the 
principal battles from Bunker Hill to Yorktown. After the war he 
was engaged in mercantile pursuits in Coleraine, Mass. 

The inscriptions taken from gravestones in the old 
burying-ground, Dedham, which were carefully copied by 
Rev. Carlos Slafter, appear in Volume II. (1888) of the 
Dedham Records, edited by Don Gleason Hill, and are as 
follows : — 

In memory of James Stevens who died Dec r 20 th 1786, in the 33 d 
year of his age. 

In memory of Mr. William Stevens who died Oct r 5, 1777, in the 
77 th year of his age. 

He was a good citizen, and an honest man. 

In memory of the Widow Maryan Stevens who died June 21 st , 
1794 in the 84 th year of her age. 

Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord. 

James was the brother to whom the letter was ad- 
dressed, and William and Maryan the father and mother. 
I find from the Dedham Records the children of Captain 

58 THE AMES DIARY. [April, 

William and Elizabeth Stevens given below. Elizabeth, 
the mother, was admitted to the church, September 9, 


Elizabeth, bapt. Sept 9, 1780. 

William, ) 

John, V-bapt. Sept. 9, 1780. 

Betsa, ) 

Henry Knox, bapt. Dec. 16, 1780. 

Robert, born April 14, 1786. (This entry is taken from 

MS. Volume by W. O. Taylor, Orange, Mass., Nov. 

3, 1896.) 

Capt. William Stevens was a selectmen of Coleraine 
in 1787. His father was a weaver of Dedham and his 
will (Suffolk Probate, LXXVI., 517), dated September 25, 
1777, and witnessed by Joseph Guild, Aaron Fuller and 
Isaac Bullard, contains the following item : — 

Item. I give to my well beloved son William Stevens my best 
Great Coat, which together with the Privileges he has had to be his 
full Share of my estate. 


By Edna Frances Calder. 

( Continued from page 34.) 

December, 1802. 

December 30 th Parish meeting for settling contract with Mr. Bates, 
a young candidate for the ministry at this Parish. I having previously 
sounded many of the parishioners found each I convers'd with desirous 
to have him settled oh such terms as to make him alert in his duty to 
carry on the work of the ministry here so long as he gave satisfaction to 
the majority of the parish I attended hoping to find them adhering to 
some such stipulation with generous terms for him also on his side of 
the contract. But alas, how versatile and changable are the giddy 

I endeavored to set forth the peculiarity of my situation excom- 
municate for 30 years, remaining quiet without opposing in parish meet- 
ing their increase of salary on my oppressor, and my firm resolve to sub- 
mit to clerical tyranny or have my property taxable to pay another min- 
ister after Mr. Hayen no longer than at the will of the majority of the 
parish, and that now the time had arriv'd when my person & estate 
must be unbound, according to law, from clerical chains yet hoped to 
have the pleasure of worship with them under the dispensation of a 
priest that would address the reason & understanding of his hearers, not 

1901.] THE AMES DIARY. 59 

really as a flock of sheep whose fleece he would shear into the skin— or 
whom he would convince that the Sabbath is literally a day of rest by 
lulling them to sleep by the hum of dronish sermons. Yet although 
they had professed at sundry times in years past and even now that 
they would never again be so caught in a clerical trap or bound to sup- 

Sort a priest they could not like after the majority of the parish were 
isaffected and a large committee had so reported and even those who 
were for binding terms to pay the minister after his services were dis- 
satisfactory acknowledged it was a matter of indifference how the terms 
were if they got the man, after they learnt my situation were ten times 
more set still to exclude me from the meetinghouse, the very committee 
who had unanimously agreed to my terms in their report, now, most of 
them, voted right tother way against themselves & me— they were first 
taken in by two upstart lawyers to defeat their own purpose— and F. 
Ames wishing to shut me out of the meeting so as to enjoy my pew, he 
harranged them so pathetically about pious forefathers that he cram'd 
the Priest down their throats tail foremost. And what is very extra- 
ordinary they made a pretence of the trouble of settling a minister every 
3 or 4 years to alter the terms so as to bind the Parish to the Priest com- 
pletely, & loose him from all obligation to tend this flock only, or for any 
time, so that now the terms are such that the Priest may, by substitutes, 
carry on the work of the ministry here and he hold some other parish & 
there perform himself— directly contra to what our wise folks say is the 
bargain ! as they meant it ! ! ! And since, many I find view it so, on 
consideration, and the Clapbordtree folks laugh at old town for being 
dup'd by Lawyer. 

Dec. 30, 1802 Civil & ecclesiastical oppression and intrigue trium- 
phant Harrangueing arrogating blackguarding in Parish meeting beat 
the people out of their senses, made them defeat their own wishes & 
drum good citizens out of the meeting playing the rogues march. But 
some few acted like men, as John Dean, Calv Whiting, Abiathar Rich- 
ards jun r , Eliph* Baker, Calvin Guild, S. Lowder, F. Fisher, &c: others 
remain'd indignant mixed with their enemies in meeting— John Endi- 
cott acted the turncoat openly deserting his own principles— others 
pitifully as Weatherbee and the smooth double fac"d D n Bullard as usual 
marred his own design to bind the Priest to stay for the terms of the 
contract voted leave him at perfect liberty to carry on work of ministry 
here just as long as he pleases but completely binds the Parish, they are 
handcuffed, And we wanted mutual freedom to go to worship, unhand- 
cuffed, not to be obliged to support a preacher after he grows disgustful 
unable or too lazy or negligent to perform his duty, as we think these 
terms tempt him. 

To avoid trouble, care & attention at building Chaise house I allowed 
the Carpenter to take home my boards to plane and match but find it 
causes more trouble care & loss as I suspect, and resolve never so to 
tempt a Carpenter again & occasion har d thoughts of him as to changing 
or purloining. 

And also gave him money to buy shingles which turn'd out bad, he 
said he gave 3dols p r m. for 3 in. the best kind being 4 d . m. and as I 
have before been cheated in shingles & hear of many others so serv'd, 
think it would be vastly better to buy the logs, pine or cedar, & split & 
shave them at home. 


Diary of Nat' Ames the same as in 1775 tho' now we have high tiptoe 
turncoats in 1803, chopf alien indeed under the glorious adm'n of Jeffer- 
son, under the guise of Federalism the Order of Lawyers are barking 
destruction at all that won't submit to their domination in 18(33. 

D n . Isaac Bullard having within these few years disseized the public 
of two sides of the square of land on the river near his house stop'd the 


road thro' Sandy Valley— arrogated the ministerial qualifications for 
the Parish to excommunicate such as refuse submission to his recom- 
mendation and thinks to guard his Wood lots by fear instead of fence 
has complain'd of my Cows & bro't expence on me to redeem them from 
Field driver. 

January 2. F. Ames forfeits & quits my pew, for expelling me 
from the Meetinghouse. 

18. Koxbury town meeting now for Turnpike ! 

23. Bates snatches the bait. 

24. Another meeting of Roxbury call'd to oppose turnpike. 

25. Gen. 0*. wait result of Roxbury town meeting. 

27. Abstr. of Roads Roxbury for Richardson send G. Ct. Roxbury 
rescind former Vote. 

7. Sign'd request, & promise of Montague to be of Episc Ch'h from 
this day. 

10. Parish meet'g yield to yoke of F. Ames to ordain Bates 16 
March entail discord on the Parish, many discontented join Episc' 

The Parish that is F. Ames & D n . Bullard after midnight caucus's 
agree to handcuff the Parish &> their children & bind them to pay an 
enormous Salary of 1522 dols and have Bates ordain'd 16 th March next. 
I & others having joined the Episcopal Church they exult at our de- 
parture, as I hear, as not more to be troubled with our opposition. I 
never troubled the parish meetings much with my presence <fe cannot 
justly be called a turbulent fellow. Every infamous slander against 
Seceders is raised to justify themselves in their oppression & tyranny 
that drove us to withdraw— this is common to unprincipled mortals! 
F. A. under sign of Fabricius, in Centinel, Ben Russel's July Tries to 
black the brightest traits in Jefferson's admin' n the purchase of 
Louisiana for reasonable sum of money instead of war blood & wealth 
of all the States but Plain truth in the Chronicle beats him down & still 
he goes on barking! after beat, like other Lawyers. 

(To be continued.) 


By William R. Mann. 
(Continued from page 27.) 

Married by Joseph Hewins Justice Peace. 

Sept. 22. 1805 Mr. Jacob Thompson resident in Dorchester to 
Miss Avis Stone of Stoughton 

A true copy Attest William Savage Jr. Town Clerk. 
Married by the Revd Jonathan Whittaker 

March 28. 1803. Mr. Luther Gay to Miss Lucy Estey both of 


April 7. 1803. M r Solomon Richards to Miss Rachel Hodges 
both of Sharon. 

April 7. 1803. Mr. Uriah Johnson and Miss Clarissa Harlow 
both of Sharon 

April 20 1803. M r Oliver Morse of Dedham to Miss Azubah 
Gay of Sharon. 

June 19. 1803. M r John Smith of Walpole to Miss Anna Billings 
of Sharon. 

November 7. 1803. Mr. John Randall to Miss Nancy Richards 
both of Sharon. 

July 4 1804. Mr. Benjamin Hammond of Newtown to Miss 
Ruth Hewins of Sharon. 

Nov. 27. 1804. M r Darius Lothrop to Miss Nancy Richards 
both of Sharon. 

July 7, 1805. Mr. Daniel Pettee. to Miss Sally Capen. both of 

July 28, 1805. Mr. Ezekiel Capen Jr. to Miss Elizabeth Willis 
both of Sharon 

Sept. 5. 1805. M r Jedediah Snow, of Easton to Miss Olive 
Whittemore of Sharon. 

A true copy of the returns William Savage Town Clerk. 
Sept. 4. 1806. 

Married by the Rev d Jonathan Whitaker. 

Dec. 1805. Elijah Capen of Sharon to Miss Nancy Pettee of 

Dec 1805. William Capen to Miss Irene Bullard both of 

April 16. 1806. Mr. Daniel Allen of Walpole to Miss Unity 
Fairbanks of Sharon. 

April 17 1806. Mr Thomas Billings of Canton to Miss Hannah 
Hodges of Sharon. 

April 20 1806. Mr Reuben Tabor of Providence, State of 
Rhode Island to Miss Eliza Palacear of Sharon. 

May 22. 1806. Mr Spencer Tolman of Sharon to Miss Hannah 
Clark of Foxboro. 

May 25 1806. Mr Otis Harlow to Miss Betsey Tolman both of 

A true copy of the returns. William Savage Town Clerk. 

Sept 4 1806. 


Married by the Rev d Jonathan Whittaker 

July 9. 1806. Mr Robert Rixford of Boston to Eunice B. 
Billings of Sharon. 

July 10 1809. Thomas Glover to Abigail Hewins both of 

Sept 21. 1806. William Lincoln, Resident of Sharon to Polly 
White of Sharon 

Oct. 15 1806. Abel Lewis of Sharon to Rebecca Wallis of 
Canton (Black Persons) 

June 26. 1807. Jedediah Talbot of Dedham to Lucy Gilbert of 

Mar. 27. 1807. Theodore Drake of Sharon and Miss Charity 
Hewit Resident of Sharon. 

April. 19. 1807. Timothy Gay and Miss Susanna Morse both 
of Sharon. 

April 20 1807. Enoch Talbot of Sharon and Miss Hannah 
Dickerman Resident of Sharon. 

A true copy of the returns William Savage. Town Clerk. 

June. 22 1897. 
Married by the Rev d Jonathan Whitaker. 

Mr. Jacob Hixson 2 d and Miss Ruth Hewins both of Sharon. 
Nov. 4. 1807. 

Mr. Daniel Plimpton of Sharon to Miss Lydia Shepard of Boston 
Nov. 10 1807 

Mr. Peter Thayer of Randolph to Miss Susanna Williams Resi- 
dent of Sharon Dec 6 1807 

Attest William Savage Town Clerk. 

Married by the Rev d Jonathan Whitaker. 

Mr Joseph Tolman to Miss Abigail Harlow both of Sharon. 
Feby 2. 1808 

Mr. Joseph Robbinson of Watertown to Niss Patty White of 
Sharon Mar. 15 1808 

Mr. Jetson Gilbert Resident in Sharon to Miss Polly Gannett of 
Sharon. Mar. 17 1808 

Mr Eliphaz Lawrence of Wrentham to Miss Susanna Clark of 
Sharon June 2. 1808 

Mr. Josiah Johnson to Miss Experience Hewins. both of Sharon 
June 20 1808 


Mr. Joseph Hodges of Sharon to Miss Nancy Hodges Resident 
of Sharon Octo 24 1808 

Mr John Smith to Hannah Everett both of Sharon Nov 22. 1808 

Mr. David Manly to Sally Reaupeke both of Sharon Nov 23 1808 

Mr Jeremiah Richards Jnr. to Miss Susanna Hewins both of 
Sharon Dec. 1. 1808 

Mr. Jacob Morse of Sharon to Miss Rhoda Allen of Foxboro. 
Nov 21. 1808 

Mr Elijah Hewins Jn r of Sharon to Miss Olive Gay resident of 
Sharon. May 8. 1809 

Mr. Ebenezer Tisdale to Miss Elizabeth Everett both of Sharon 
May 9. 1809 

Mr Benjamin Hewins Jr. to Miss Hannah Monk, both of Sharon. 
June 1. 1809 

Mr. Fisher Adams of Franklin to Miss Mary Ide 2 d of Sharon 
Sept 21. 1809 

Mr David Fairbanks to Miss Polly Billings both of Sharon Sept 
21. 1809 

Mr Joseph Hewins 3 d to Miss Elizabeth Hewins both of Sharon 
Nov 20 1809 

(To be continued.) 




By Thomas A. Dickinson. 

( Continued from page 29.) 

In memory of Mrs. Susannah Wife of Mr. Oliver Clapp who died June 
y e 11 1773 in the 31 year of her age. 

Oliver Son of Mr. Oliver Clapp & Mrs Susannah his wife died Jan 
y e 1 1765 in y e 1 st year of his age. 

Oliver Son of Mr Oliver Clap & Mrs. Susannah his wife died mar. 
10 1768 in y e first y r of his age. 

Sacred To the memory of Mrs Nancy Coste Wife of Mr. Lazare Coste 
who died Feb. 28 1818 Ag d 28 years 2 month & 20 days. 
Eespected friends have care 
Tread lightly on this sod 
For my beloved wife lies here 
Beneath this turfy clod. 


Sacred to the memory of Mrs Experience Crosby who died Jan. 25 
1807 in her 68 year 

A soul prepar'd needs no delays 
The summons comes, the saint obeys 
Swift was her flight and short the road 
She closed her eyes and saw her god 

Ludovicus D'Ailleboust 
de St Vilme Canadiensis 
R. O. S. L. Eques 
ob die 23 Marcii 1803. 
MX. 64 
R. I. P. 
David Day died March 4 1813. Age 52 years. 
Susanna his wife died Sept 29 1839. Age 70 years. 
Chloe their daughter died may 24 1863. Aged 65 years. 
In memory of Mrs Mary Day the Wife of Mr. John Day who died 
April 15 1780 in the 46 year of her age. 

Let those who she has left behind 
To her example oft attend 
That they in grief may comfort find 
And also meet a peaceful end. 
In memory of Pollay daughter of Mr. Jeremiah & Mrs. Margret 
Dexter who died May 19 1787 in y e 19 th year of her age. 

Benjamin Bangs Downes Died Feb. 27 1794. Aged 18 years. 

His friends need no Inscription 

He remains inscrib d on their harts 

And all of his acquaintance were his friends 

Stranger one moment stop 

Not for an ennumeration 

Of his talents, disposition & virtues 

An Eulogy common to all the dead 

But our bleeding harts would fain tell thee 

That though there is pleasure in loving 

And doating on our friend 

And tho the very tear 

of friendship 

Is exquisite 

Yet there is danger in an attatchment 

And hopes to strong 

See here 

Those expectations 

Which we deemed justly founded 

And cherished perhaps with too much pride 

(By a providence undoubtedly wise and good) 

Respecting this world disappointed 


And we forced reluctantly 
To transfer them with the spirit of the 
deceased from earth to heaven. 
Edward Downes Died Dec. 2*. 1794 Aged 4 years. 
Suffer little children to come unto me 
For such is the kingdom of heaven. 
Sacred to the memory of Lieut, Eliphalet Ellis who died Oct. 12 th 
1798 in y e 65 th year of his age. 

Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Mary Ellis consort of Lieut. Eliphalet 
Ellis who died Jan 17 1797 in y e 63 d year of her age. 

(To be continued.) 


Communicated by George K. Clarke. 

Old Townsend House (Reg. X., pp. 49-50), Mrs. Jane Butler died 
m Boston, May 11, 1762, "In the Evening" " interr'd here." Col. 
Jonathan Kingsbury, Mr. Townsend's first grandson, was born at his 
grandfather's house, August 4, 1751. (Ch. Rec.) Also recorded in a 
private note book kept by Mr. Townsend. Mariann H. Townsend is 
Mary Ann Hubbard Townsend in the town record of births and was so 
baptized. (Ch. Rec.) Orlando F. Revere, son of a later owner, died 
in Boston. My opposite neighbor, who was intimate with the Revere 
family, gave me incorrect information. 

Schools in Needham (Reg. XL, p. 93). John Tyler Pettee, who 
taught at the Upper Falls in the winter of 1841-2, was then under 
twenty years of age, and was born in Sharon. He graduated at 
Wesleyan University in 1843, and was a Methodist minister. 

Same, page 95, J. S. Hodges, who taught the South School, in 
the winter of 1851-2, was perhaps identical with the Dedham teacher, 
Judith Sherman Hodges (Reg. XII. , p. 23) ; according to the Hodges 
genealogy she died May 5, 1893. Mr. Slafter is probably correct. 
Miss Caroline Almeda Hartwell, who taught in Dedham and in Need- 
ham, (Reg. XII., p. 22, and XL, p. 140), was, according to the Hart- 
well genealogy, born August 30, 1827, dau. of Stedman and Rhoda 
(Fletcher) Hartwell of Natick. Miss Hartwell married June 16, 1867, 
as second wife, Edmund Dix Fletcher, who was born in Dedham. 
She died in 1886. The old school-house at the Upper Falls (1842) 


was moved easterly " along Webster Street," not westerly. (Reg. XII., 
p. 33.) 

The Schools and Teachers of Dedham (Reg. XII., p. 21), Miss 
Ellen McKendry, who taught in the summer of 1849, was born in 
Canton (Ponkapoag), Sept. 17, 1827, dau. of William and Harriot 
(Billings) McKendry. Miss McKendry taught for some years in 
Boston, and now lives in Stoughton. She was quite successful in 
amateur theatricals. A relative of hers is my authority for the 
foregoing statements. 


The Library has received a copy of the Genealogy of the 
Descendants of Edward Bates of Weymouth, Mass., by Samuel A. 
Bates, edited by Frank A. Bates, of South Weymouth, Mass., 
who has copies for sale at $1.25. The book contains a sketch of 
Edward Bates, who came to Boston before 1633, an account of nine 
generations of the family, a " Revolutionary War Record," a 
biographical sketch of the author, and a full index. Among the 
" Relatives by Marriage" mentioned are Beal, Bicknell, Blanchard, 
Burrill, Cook, Cowing, Cushing, Dyer, Eager, French, Gurney, Hersey, 
Hobart, Holbrook, Hollis, Howard, Humphrey, Hunt, Kingman, 
Leach, Lincoln, Loud, Nash, Newcomb, Orcutt, Packard, Pool, Porter, 
Pratt, Raymond, Reed, Rice, Richards, Ripley, Shaw, Spear, Sprague, 
Stoddard, Stowell, Thayer, Thomas, Tirrell, Torrey, Tower, Vining, 
Ward, Waterman, Webb and Wilder. The Rev. Joshua Bates, 
minister of Dedham, 1803-1818, was descended from Clement, who 
settled in Hingham in 1635. 


White. Wanted: ancestry, or information concerning Jerusha 
White, who married John Wadsworth of Stoughton, Mass. 

M. S. F. 


Whiting. On page 66 of Volume XL of the Register, I notice 
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William Mackintosh. She was the daughter of Ebenezer 3 Whiting 
(Jonathan?, Nathaniel 1 ). Her birth does not appear on the records 
of Roxbury, but she is called by her married name in the will of her 
father dated May 10, 1779. (Suffolk Prob. lxxviii., 435). Her mother 
was Rhoda, daughter of John and Rhoda Colburn, of Roxbury. 

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SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS, DEDHAM, (To be continued.) 68 

Carlos Slafter. 


(To be continued.) George K. Clarke. 


John E. Alden. 

WALPOLE INSCRIPTIONS, (To be continued.) ... 94 

Thomas A. Dickinson. 


(To be continued.) William JR. Mann. 


(To be continued.) Mrs. A. M. Fickford. 

THE AMES DIARY, Extracts, (To be continued.) 107 

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THE photogravure accompanying this article follows 
an oil portrait owned by the Dedham Historical 
Society. The original painting came into the possession 
of the Society with the bequest of Miss Hannah Shuttle- 
worth, in March, 1886. It was without a frame, and 
somewhat the worse for wear ; and it may have come into 
her possession with the property which her uncle Dr. 
Nathaniel Ames bequeathed to her. 

The portrait was restored by the late Jacob Wagner, 
in 1896, and the expense was borne by several persons 
interested in the Society. Upon the completion of the 
work, the late Erastus Worthington, in his report to the 
Society on October 7, 1896, stated that it was said to be 
a portrait of Deborah Ames, only daughter of Dr. Nath- 
aniel Ames and sister of Nathaniel Ames, 2d, and of Seth 
and Fisher Ames; and he attributed the painting to 
Copley. The features of the likeness and the style of the 
the painting may suggest to some reader of the Register 
a clue to its identity, and to the name of the artist. Its 
history at the present time is a mystery. 

Deborah Ames was born in 1747, married Rev. Samuel 
Shuttleworth, of Windsor, Vermont, an uncle of Miss 
Hannah Shuttleworth, in 1792, and died there in 1834 at 
the age of 87 years. At the annual meeting of the Society, 
March 3, 1897, Mr. Worthington, in presenting the report 
of the Curators (Register, VI I L 62, 63, for April, 1897), 
made some positive statements for which he had autho r- 
ity unknown at present to members of the Society. 


Br Carlos Slafter. 

{Continued from page 56.) 

In the winter of 1853-4 Eliza G. Loring had charge of 
the primary school in the Second Middle District. She is the 
daughter of Jonathan and Eliza Ann (Fales) Loring, born in 
Dorchester in 1834. She attended the West Newton Normal 
School one year. Nov. 6, 1854, she married Albion Benson, 
of Sumner, Maine, and is now a resident of East Bridge water, 

Joseph Warren Pickering Carter, from November, 1854, 
to March, 1855, had charge of the Second Middle School. He 
is the son of Benjamin and Hannah (Pickering) Carter of 
Portsmouth, N. H., born Sept. 27, 1828; graduated at Dart- 
mouth, 1849 ; studied at Andover Theological Seminary two 
years; taught schools in Winchester, Mass., Portsmouth, N. 
H., and Portland, Me., five years in all; then went into mer- 
cantile business in Portsmouth. He married Mrs. Harriet 
Dwight (Edson) Simpson, Jan. 21, 1864. His places of res- 
idence have been numerous ; he was at Los Angeles, California, 
in 1898. 

About two years, 1855-7, Abby F. Crocker had charge of 
the second department of the First Middle School. The 
daughter of Amos H. and Irene M. Crocker of West Dedham, 
born August 9, 1835. She was a student of the Dedham High 
School and the Khode Island Normal. After leaving Dedham 
she was, for many years, master's assistant in the Bunker Hill 
School, Charlestown, so that she taught 25 years in the schools 
of Massachusetts. In 1871, Dec. 7, she was married to George 
S. Smith of Maiden, where she resided till her death in 1899. 
Maria Fisher Phillips had charge of the Westfield School 
four summers, 1855-6-7, and 1861, and the town committee 

1901.] OF DEDHAM. 69 

commended her work. She is the daughter of Nathan 'and 
Hannah (Fisher) Phillips, born in Dedham, Feb. 6, 1835, and 
belonged to the class of 1852 of the High School. As a de- 
voted daughter, she was the comfort of her aged parents in 
their declining years, and still makes Dedham her home. 

In the autumn of 1855, Lucy Ann Brown had charge of 
the Second Division of the Mill School. The committee would 
have gladly returned her as a teacher, but her preference was 
for a different pursuit ; and the ladies of Dedham, who were 
dependent upon her taste and skill for becoming attire, would 
have objected seriously to the loss of her services. She is the 
daughter of Dr. John and Amelia (Bartholomew) Brown, born 
in Thetford, Vt., March, 1823. She came to Dedham in 1839, 
and still makes it her home. 

For the winter of 1855-6, the school at Walpole Corner 
was in charge of S. E. D. Currier. In December, 1851, he 
graduated as from Methuen, at the Bridge water Normal School, 
but is said to have taught only this one term. He studied law, 
and in 1897 was in the practice of his profession at 23 Court 
Street, Boston. 

William Wallace Colburn was master of the South Dis- 
trict, South Parish, the winter of 1856-7. He was the son of 
Leonard and Mary Todd (Livingston) Colburn, born in New 
Boston, N. H., Oct. 1, 1832 ; fitted for college at Francestown 
and Mount Yernon Academies, N. H. ; graduated at Dart- 
mouth College, 1861 ; taught in Lawrence Academy, Groton, 
1861 ; in Belmont, 1862 ; was principal of the High School. 
Manchester, N. H., 1862-74 ; Springfield, Mass., 1874 to 1890, 
Married Mary Elizabeth Parker of Manchester, N. H., July 
13, 1865. Died at Springfield, Oct. 17, 1899. He was an 
active member of societies for mental and social improvement 
in Manchester and Springfield. 

(To be continued.) 





Communicated by George Kuhn Clarke, LL. B. 

The history of the Wellesley Congregational Church, 
formerly the church in the West Precinct of Needham, 
by the Rev. Edward Herrick Chandler, 1898, contains a 
complete record of the admissions to membership in the 
church, with full dates, and also lists of some of the prin- 
cipal officers of the church and precinct. 

The marriages in the church records appear to be 
duplicated in the town books, but there are a few deaths 
which perhaps may not be in the latter. 

To reproduce in print the date of each baptism, just 
as it was written by the Rev. Thomas Noyes, A. M., with 
many superior letters and marks under them, would be 
difficult, and to repeat the word " Baptized," which from 
August, 1799, immediately follows the date, seems un- 
necessary. When there is a variation in the wording it 
will appear. 

Record of Baptisms. 

Oct. 28, 1798. Eunice Daniell, wife of Jeremiah Daniell, and Polly 
Fuller, wife of Jonathan Fuller were baptized. Unice daughter 
of Jeremiah Daniell, and Harriet daughter of Jonathan and 
Polly Fuller, were baptized. 

Jan. 27, 1799, Sylvester, Son of Lemuel and Susanna Braket, was 
baptized — 

Mar. 10, 1799, Elizabeth, daughter of Jeremiah & Eunice Daniell, 
was baptized — 

Apr. 21, 1799, Alven, Sarah, Clarissa, & Cleora, Children of William 
& Sarah Fuller his wife were baptised — William Deming 
Son of Moses, and Lucy Kingsbury was baptized — 

May 26, 1799, Benjamin Adams, and Rebeccah Children of Joseph & 
Elizabeth Bullard were baptized — 


Aug. 30, 1799, four children of M r3 .. Edes wife of Mr. Amos Edes at 

her request. They were baptized at home on account of Mrs 

Ede's health. Their names were Phebe — Benjamin — Eliza — & 

Dec. 15, 1799— Mary Daughter of Mr Jonathan Fuller, and Polly 

Fuller his wife 
Mar. 23, 1800 — Catharine Peabody, daughter of Mr. Moses Kings- 
bury & Lucy Kingsbury. 
May 11, 1800 — Nabby, daughter of Mr. Daniel Ware and Nabby his 

Oct. 26. 1800, two children of the widow Tabitha Dana. Nathaniel 

and Luther 
Oct. 26, 1800. Jeremiah Fisher, Son of Mr Jeremiah Daniells. 
Dec. 14, 1800. by Rev. Mr. Palmer Loisa child of Mr. Adam Jones 
Jan. 4, 1801. Isaiah, Child of Capt. John Atkins 
Mar. 29, 1801. Mary, Isaac, Abigail, Rebecca,& Lurana, Children of 

Levi and Lurana Sawin. 
May 24, 1801 Samuel, Son of Mr. Asa Bacon. 
Aug. 23, 1801, David, Son of Mr. David Dana. 
Sept. 27, 1801 Lydia Edes, an adult. 
Sept. 27, 180] Calvin son of Mr. Luther Dana. 
Dec. 13, 1801, two children of Mr. George Smith— Mary Colburn 

& Solomon Fuller 
Feb. 7, 1802 two adult person the widow Mary easty and Becca 

Morse, and also three children of the Widow Easty. viz. Elijah, 

Caroline and Martin — 
Feb. 7, 1802 Rebeccah daughter of Mr. Jonathan Fuller 
Apr. 11, 1802 Asa Kingsberry an adult person 
May 2, 1802 Calvin a child of Mr. Asa Kingsbery 
May 9, 1802 by Mr. Caryl of Dover Lydia Pratt daughter of Mr 

Aaron Smith. 
May 21, 1802 The wife of Nathaniel Bullardat their house she being 

in a declining state. 
May 30, 1802 Sarah Brown daughter of Thomas Noyes Pastor of 

the Church 
June 13, 1802 three children of Mr. Nathaniel Bullard— Nathaniel — 

Daniel Sanders, and Moses Clark — 
Aug. 15, 1802 Rhoda the wife of Elisha Flagg — an adult person 


Sept. 2, Rev Mr. Palmer Baptized Eliza Flagg daughter of Mr. 

Elisha Flagg at his house The child being sick — the Pastor 

being absent. 
Sept. 26. Sarah the daughter of Mr. Elisha Flagg. 
Oct. 7, 1802 John Son of Mr,, Adam Jones. 
Nov. 21, 1802 six children of M r , Charles Deming — viz — Jonathan 

Edes, Esther, Anna, Charles, Mary, Elizabeth Fuller. 
Nov. 21, 1802 Josiah Son of Jeremiah Daniels 
Nov. 28 — by Mr. Pierce Adeline daughter of Mr David Dana 
Dec. 4, 1802 Elizabeth, Sarah Newell, & Clarissa Bullard, all adult 

Dec. 26, 1802 Leonard and Mary children of Elijah Perry. 
May 1, 1803 by the Revered Mr. Morey Eliza Kingsbery daughter 

of M r „ Moses K. 
July 17, 1803 Isaiah son of M r „ Asa Bacon 

Nov. 13, 1803, Thomas Son of Thomas Noyes Pastor of the Church 
Nov. 13, 1803 Caroline daughter of Mr,, Elijah Perry 
May 27, 1804 William Fuller Son of M r „ Jonathan Fuller 
Aug. 26, 1804 Mary Osgood daughter of M r „ David Dana of Boston 
Sept. 16, 1804 Lucinda and Loiza twin children of M r „ Daniel 

Dec. 2, 1804 Elisha son of M r . Elisha Flagg. 
Feb. 3, 1805 Otis son of M r „ Jeremiah Daniels. 
Feb. 10, 1805 Mr,, Wright Baptized Luther Son of Mr,, Stephen 

Oct. 27, 1805 Rebecca Dana daughter of M r „ Elijah Perry- 
Dec. 15, 1805 Harriet daughter of Capt Peter Twichell 
April 6, 1806 three children of William Packard — viz. Cyrus, Charles 

and Sarah 
Apr. 9, 1806 Isaac the Son of Elisha Flagg, at his house the child 

being dangerously sick 
June 1, 1806 Luther Smith an adult person. 
June 1, 1806 Alfred, and Elizabeth Drury, two children of Luther 

Aug. 10, 1806 Sarah Atkins daughter of the widow Sarah Cooke 

[She married Joseph Dowe (Bowdoin 1823, A. M.), and died 

in South Natick Oct. 26, 1891. The writer knew her as a 

literary lady.] 


Oct. 5, 1806 Sarah Dier an adult person. 

Oct. 5, 1806 Charles son of Thomas Noyes Pastor of the Chh 

Nov. 9, 1806 Jonathan Son of Jonathan Fuller — 

Nov. 23, 1806 by M r Sears of Natick, Daniel Coollege, son of Heze- 

kiah Fuller 
Dec. 21, 1806 Asa, son of M r Asa Bacon 

Apr. 5, 1807 Mary Cummings daughter of Deacon Asa Kingsbery — 
July 26, 1807 Calvin Ellis child of M r „ Samuel Stow 
July 26, 1807 William Child of M r „ Samuel Stow— 
Sept. 27, 1807 Charles Son of M r „ Samuel Stow— 
Oct. 4, 1807 Chester son of M r „ Jeremiah Daniel Is 
Nov. 15, 1807 by M r Greenough Elijah— Son of M r „ Elijah Perry 
Dec. 20, 1807 Oscar Son of Stephen Crane 

Mar. 13, 1808 Edward Son of Thomas Noyes pastor of the church 
Apr. 3, 1808 Sarah Lewis daughter of M r Luther Smith Rebecca 

and Tabitha Dana two adult persons June 26th 1808. 
June 26, 180& Hitty Morse wife of Daniel Morse adult person. 

Eben— Son of M r „ Elisha Flagg 
Dec. 11, 1808 Mary daughter of Daniel Morse 

Jan. 1. Martha Fiske and Eliza Daniels, two children of David and 

Phebe Smith- 
July 9. David Mason Son of M r „ David Smith — 

Jan. 13. William Flagg son of M r Luther Smith — 
May 20. by M r „ Parker four children of M r Galen Bowditch viz — 

Sarah Sabin — George Bass — Mary Ann — and Galen Melvin — 
June 10. Granville, Son of Capt Jonathan Fuller — 
July 15. George Keith son of Jeremiah Daniells — 
Aug. 5. by M r „ Greenough Hannah Townsend, daughter of Moses 

Aug. 19. John Jones Son of Elijah Perry — 
Nov. 25. Grenville, Son of Galen Bowditch. 

May 5. Hannah daughter of M r „ Daniel Morse 
June 23. Nancy Newell adult wife of Ebenezer Newell — 
June 23. Elizabeth Wheaton — Nancy Whiting — Lucinda — Ebenezer 
and William, five children of Ebenezer Newell and Nancy his 


wife — Also Josiah — Abigail — Isaac — Sarah Griffin — and 

Abram, children of Isaac and Fanny Biglow — Also Baptized 

at the same time-— Mary Flagg child of Elisha Flagg — 
Apr. 12. Hannah daughter of Luther Smith 
July 5. Elizabeth Fuller daughter of Capt. George Smith — The only 

surviving child of three at one birth — 
Aug. 1. Enoch son of Elisha Flagg at his house, the child being 

dangerously sick — 
Sept. 21. Mehitible Woodward daughter of Ebenezer Newell at his 

house the child being dangerously sick 
Sept. 27. Amos son of Elijah Perry — 

Apr. 18. Daniel son of Daniel Morse — 
Apr. 25. Mary Fiske an adult person ; and also her sister Anna 

Fuller the wife of Alvin Fuller — 
June 6. Angeline, Rebecca Bullard, and Caroline Fiske, children of 

Alvin Fuller and Anna his wife — 
Aug. 1. Elizabeth daughter of Nathan Dewing jur — 
Oct. 24. Lydia daughter of Elisha Flagg — 

May 8. Rebeccah daughter of Luther Smith — 
June 19. Jackson son of Isaac Biglow — 
Dec. 18. Augustus Son of Capt. Jonathan Fuller — 

(To be continued.) 


By John E. Alden of Newton. 

Ebenezer Alden, M. D., of Randolph, Mass., in the 
introduction to his valuable work, "The Alden Memorial," 
published 1867, asked that mistakes and omissions be noted ; 
and he hoped to make corrections in a second edition. A 
s econd edition w r as never published ; therefore the result of an 

1901.] OF BOSTON. 75 

attempt to follow the family of John 2 Alden (John 1 ) , more 
fully and correctly than he wrote it, is presented here. 

The important error, which is the incentive to this in- 
vestigation, was made by Dr. Elisha Thayer of Dedham. In 
"Family Memorial," published 1835, on page 14, he stated 
that John 4 Alden, son of John 3 and grandson of Capt John 2 of 
Boston, married Anna Braine, and afterwards married Thankful 
Parker and lived in Needham; thus claiming that the Needham 
Aldens were descended from John 2 Alden of Boston. 

This error was copied by Winsor and Judge Mitchell in 
their histories of Duxbury and Bridgewater, and by other 
writers of less note. It was discovered and made known by 
Dr. Ebenezer Alden, but he did not learn the parentage of the 
John who married Thankful Parker; and the "break in the 
line" was left by him unsolved. This problem was later worked 
out by Mrs. Charles L. Alden of Troy, N. Y., and has been 
explained by her at various times and especially in the New Eng. 
Hist, and Gen. Register. The result has been to prove that 
Capt. John 2 Alden, though he had four sons grow up, has now 
no descendants of the name of Alden. The error seems the 
more surprising because Dr. Thayer quotes the birth of John 4 
{John 3 , John 2 ) in 1690, and yet he lived within five miles of 
Needham Cemetery where the gravestone of John of Needham 
says he was born in 1704. Dr. Thayer was also contemporary 
with Deacon Silas Alden of Needham and could easily have 
asked him who his grandfather was. 

For convenience of reference the lists of children under 

consideration are here copied from "Alden Memorial," as 

follows : — 

Page 2. 

John 1 Alden, had 

1 John b. abt. 1622. (2) 

2 Joseph b. 1624. (3) 

3 Elizabeth b. 1625. (4) 

4 Jonathan (5) 

5 Sarah (6) 

Kuth (7) 

Mary (8) 

David (9) 

10. 11. names unknown. 




Pages 3 and 4. 

2. Capt John 2 Alden of Boston d. 14 March, 1702, a. 
1660, for 2^ wife, Elizabeth (Phillips) Everell, Children: 

m. Apr 1, 

1. Mary, b. Dec. 17, 1659. 

2. John, b. 20 Nov. 1660; d. young. 

3. Elizabeth, 9 May. 1662; d. 1662. 

4. John, 12 Mar. 1662,3. (10) 

5. William. 10 Mar., 1663,4. 

6. Elizabeth 9 Apr., 1665. (11) 

7. William 5 Mar., 1665,6. 

8. Zachariah, 8 Mar., 1667. 

9. William, 10 Sept. 1669. 

10. Nathaniel, 1670. 

11. Zachariah, 18 Feb., 1673. 

12. Nathan, 17 Oct., 1677. 

13. Sarah, 27 Sept. 1681. 

14. Henry, ? 



Page 6. 

10. Capt. John 3 Alden of Boston, 
1663; d. Boston 1 Feb., 1729,30, a. 67. He 
She d. 1 Feb., 1719, a. 50. Children : 

son of John 2 , was b. 12 Mar., 
m. in 1684, Elizabeth Phelps. 

1. Elizabeth, 7 Nov, 1687. 

2. Hannah 20 Nov. 1688. (30) 

3. John 20 Sept., 1690. (31) 

4. Mary 15 Dec, 1691. (32) 

5. Catherine 19 Aug. 1697; d. 1702. 
Gillam) „ T „i„ ,«,»« (33) 


7. Ann 7July ' 16 "* 

8. Nathaniel, 6 July, 1700. (35) 

9. Thomas, 13 Aug. 1701; d. 1701. 

10. Catherine, 17 Sept., 1704. 

11. Thomas 1 Mar., 1707. (36) 

12. William 9 May, 1710; d. 1714. 

Page 7. 

12. Capt. William 3 Alden, Boston, s. of John 2 b. 10 Sept., 1669, d. 
He m. 21 May, 1691, Mary Drury, b. 10 July, 1672. 

9 Feb., 1729, a. 
Children : 

1. Mary, 10 Feb., 1693; d. 1702. 

2. Elizabeth, 10 Mar., 1695. (37) 

3. William, 23 July, 1697. 

4. Lydia 22 Dec. 1701. 

5. Mary 12 June, 1706. 

6. Drury 12 May, 1708. 

7. John 22 Jan. 1711. 


13. Nathaniel 3 Alden, Boston, son of John, 2 b. 1670: d. prob. 
1701. Estate was insolvent, Benjamin Gallup was appointed guardian 
to his minor children, Mary, Nathaniel, Hepzibah, and Phillips. He m. 
1 Oct., 1691, Hepzibah Mountjoy, who after his death m. 1703 John 
Mortimer. Children : 

1. Mary, 20 Aug., 1692. 

2. Nathaniel, 6 Aug., 1694. (39) 

3. Elizabeth, 1696,d.bef. her father. 


Phillips, 31 Dec, 1698. 


14. Zachariah 3 Alden, Boston, s. of John 8 , b. 1673; d. 1709, a. 36. 
He m. 1700, Mary Viall, and they had a son : 
1. Zachariah, 11 Oct., 1701. (41) 
A Mary Alden d. in Boston 11 Feb., 1727, a. 56. 

Page 8. 
15. Henry Alden, Dedham, had 
1. William, b. 14 Aug. 1709. 

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The following changes and additions are derived from 

public records. 

On pages 2 and 3, Dr. Alden says 

Capt. John Alden of Boston was born in 1622. He died 14 
March, 1702, age 80. 

Whereas ; His gravestone, set in the vestibule of the New 

Old South Church, says, " John Alden, Senior, Aged 75 years, 

Deceased March (14) 170J." This would make the date of his 

birth about 1626. 

Page 7. 

Elizabeth wife of Capt John 3 Alden, died 1 Feb., 1719. 

Her gravestone and the Boston records say that she died 
Nov. 26, 1719. It was her husband who died 1 Feb. (1730). 

Page 7. 

Elizabeth 3 Alden, dau. as is supposed of John, 2 m. John Sea- 
bury of Duxbury, 9 Dec, 1697. 

Elizabeth 3 Alden, dau. of John 2 , m. John Walley, and is 

mentioned in her fathers will as " my daughter Walley." Two 

or three years later when the estate was settled, she received 

her portion as Elizabeth Willard, having married April 30, 

1702, Simon Willard. (Boston Records.*) 

Page 7. 

Capt. William 3 Alden d. 9 Feb., 1729. His will was presented 
26 June 1732 by his widow Mary Alden. He m. 21 May, 1691, Mary 

According to the record his will was presented for probate 

March 3, 1728-9 ; but his wife Mary (Drury) Alden was 

already deceased, having died Feb. 11, 1727, as told on her 

gravestone and in the Boston records. It was his daughter 

Mary Alden, who was one of the Exrs. and she presented the 

Inventory 26 June, 1732. She married April 29, 1736, 

Joseph Gale. 


Page 7. 

A child of Nathaniel 3 Alden was 

3. Elizabeth, 1696, d. before her father. 

The only reason I can find for supposing that this Eliza- 
beth died young is that in the appointment of Benjamin Gallup 
guardian of Nathaniel's minor children, Elizabeth's name is 
omitted ; why, I cannot say ; perhaps there was a different 
guardian and not recorded ; however, it is evident that she 
lived and married Timothy Green. This idea is sustained as 
follows : — 

1. John 3 Alden had a dau. Elizabeth born 7 Nov., 1687. 

2. William 3 Alden had a dau. Elizabeth born 10 Mar., 1695. 

3. Nathaniel 3 Alden had a dau. Elizabeth born 1696. 

1. John 8 Alden's daughter Elizabeth w T as unmarried, and 
in 1741 signed a deed as " spinster." 

2. William 3 Alden's daughter Elizabeth married July 
26, 1720, Thomas Betterley. This is testified to by her sister 
Mary (Alden) Gale in a document on file in Middlesex Reg. 
of Probate. 

3. Thus two of the cousins are accounted for, and it 
must have been the third, the daughter of Nathaniel, who, by 
Boston records, married Timothy Green, Jan. 12, 1726 ; and 
a Power of attorney of 15 April, 1736 (Midd. Pro.), is signed 
by "Timothy Green and Elizabeth Green, Grandchildren to the 
aforesd John Alden deceased" (i. e. John 2 Alden of Boston). 
For some account of Timothy Green see « ' Early Boston Book- 
sellers," by George E. Littlefield, published in 1900 by " Club 
of Odd Volumes." 

Page 8. 

14. Zachariah 8 Alden m. Mary Viall. 
A Mary Alden d. in Boston, 11 Feb., 1727. 

Thus giving the impression that it was Zachariah's wife 
who died 1727 ; whereas the public record is clear, as follows : 

1901.] OF BOSTON. 79 

Mary Drury Alden wife to Capt. William died 11 Feb., 1727. 

Page 8. 

Henry Alden, Dedham, m. Deborah and they had one 

child : 

William, b. 14 Aug., 1709. 

Page 24. 

94. John Alden, Needham, son of ? 

This John (94) is the one who married Thankful Parker. 
Henry Alden lived in Dedham, in the part set off as Need- 
ham, and John Alden (94) was his son. Suffolk Probate, Yol. 
XXVII.486, March 2, 1729, says "John Alden of Needham is 
appointed administrator of your late father Henry Alden." 
Deborah was the mother of his children ; she died, and he mar- 
ried Aug. 11, 1719, in Weston, Elizabeth Coller of Natick. 
His estate was distributed to widow Elizabeth, and children, 
John, William, Deborah Dunton, and Susannah Alden. He 
also had a daughter Alice, who married April 9, 1719, Thomas 
Coller, and died before her father. Two other sons were born 
in Roxbury, Thomas, Oct. 29, 1696, and Henry, Jan. 20,1700, 
and died young. Henry was grandfather of Deacon Silas 
Alden; and the homestead, occupied by three generations, 
Henry 3 , John 4 , and Silas 5 , is located on Central Avenue, op- 
posite Webster Street. "The present house was built by 
Silas Alden about 1801, the older one having been burned." 
(From letter of C. C- Greenwood, Town Clerk of Needham.) 

Page 12. 
31. John 4 Alden, Boston, son of John (10), was born Sept. 
20, 1690; d. prob. 1727; m. May 1, 1718, Anna Braine. Children: 
1. Anna 29 June, 1723. 2. Benjamin, 18 Sept., 1724. 

This John Alden (31) is the one whom Dr. Thayer sup- 
posed married Thankful Parker for second wife ; but he did 
not live to marry a second wife, and the records show that 
Anna (Braine) Alden administered his estate, and she married 


a second husband. Besides the children above named they had 
a son John 5 , born Nov. 29, 1719. John 5 and Benjamin 5 died 
without heirs, and their sister Anna, wife of Samuel Burrill, 
took the full share of John 4 in the " land grant." 

Page 12. 

34. Anna 4 Alden of Boston, dau. of John (10), was born 16 
July, 1699 ; m. Dr. Henry Burchsted of Lynn. 

There was a daughter of John (10), i. e. John 3 , who was 
named Ann ; she was twin of Gillam, and Boston records give 
date of birth, July 7, 1699. She inherited from her father a 
portion, one-twelfth, of his estate in Milk Street, and in 1741, 
she and her sister Elizabeth sell to their brother Nathaniel their 
interest in it. In the deed they are called spinsters. It was 
her sister-in-law, Anna (Braine) Alden, widow of John 4 , who 
married, May 20, 1728, Dr. Burchstead. This is shown by a 
record in Essex County, Nov. 17, 1735 ; "Henry Burchstead, 
Physician, was appointed guardian of Benjamin, John and 
Anna Alden, minors, children of John Alden, Jr., of Boston, 
Mariner, deceased." 

Page 12. 

36. Thomas 4 Alden, Boston, son of John (10), was born 1707, m. 
Jane . Children : 

1. Thomas, 26 June 1725. I 3. John, 30 Oct., 1729. 

2. William, 26 Oct., 1727. | 

This family is put down from Boston Records, and the father is sup- 
posed to have been the 11th child of John 3 . 

This rather vague manner of referring to Thomas and his 
family leads to a somewhat interesting case in the family an- 
nals. The tradition of the " Courtship" says : " From them 
(John and Priscilla) , are descended all of the name of Alden 
in the United States." And where the early records are ob- 
scure or have been destroyed, this statement has been a strong 
reliance for those claiming descent from this Mayflower family. 

1901.] OF BOSTON. 81 

In the Suffolk Registry, 1747, is the will of a John Alden, 
who was not readily traced, and it was thought that possibly 
he was an exception to the above rule and might be a later 
emigrant. The record reads as follows: "Suff. Pro. Yol. 
40, p. 451, no date ; presented Feb. 23, 1747, I, John Alden 
of Boston, Mariner, having enlisted in the Expedition against 
Canada, bequeath all my estate to my Honored mother Jane 
Haro, widow, and make her my executrix." 


John X Alden. 


He did not come back from Canada ; but we can tell who 
he was by the records. 

Thomas 4 Alden (John s , John 2 ) was but 19 years old 
when the intention of marriage with Jane Whipple was pub- 
lished Dec. 12, 1726, and "the marriage was forbid by Capt. 
John Alden his father." The father's objection was probably 
on account of Thomas's youth. The marriage evidently took 
place. Thomas had three children, and died about 1736 ; for 
though his name is stated in the Power of attorney of 15 April 
1736 as one of the parties interested, he did not sign it. The 
Power was signed by Jane Alden by mark, she being the only 
one of the eighteen signers who did not write his or her name. 
On "Sept. 20, 1739, Peter Heairo and Jane Alden were mar- 
ried." (Boston Records.) And it is evident from the will 
above quoted that by 1747 she had a second time become a 
widow, and her name shortened to Haro. The John, who died 
about 1747, is thus accounted for as a son of Thomas 4 (John z , 
John 2 ) and Jane (Whipple) Alden. 

Page 12. 
35. Nathaniel 4 Alden, Boston, son of John (10). Uncertain 
whether he had a family. 

Page 13. 
39. Nathaniel 4 Alden of Boston, son of Nathaniel (13) was b. 
6 Aug., 1694 ; m. Mary . Children : 


1. Elizabeth, 1730 (95). 2. Nathaniel, 1731. 3. Hannah, 1735. 
It is proved from the settlement of the Land grant, in a 
paper by C. H. Wight in N. E. H. & Gen. Reg., 1897, p. 69, 
that it was Nathaniel, son of John (10) (i. e. John 3 ), who had 
these three children, and that Elizabeth, b. 1730, married An- 
thony Jones of Hopkinton ; and Hannah, 1735, married 
Michael Homer. Nathaniel 5 , born 1731, died Feb. 25, 1746, 
age 15. (Gravestone.) 

Page 13. 

41. Zachariah 4 Alden, Boston, son of Zachariah, (14) born 11 
Oct., 1701, m. Jemima . Children : 

1. Mary, Boston, 8 March, 1725, m. 

2. Lydia Crane, 1728,had ch. in Miiton. 

2. Lydia, 3 June, 1730. 

3. Zachariah,1731,d.l733. 

His wife was Jemima Hall of Medford, intention published 
Dec. 2, 1724, and had Mary, 1725 ; he married for second 
wife, Nov. 17, 1728, Lydia Crane of Milton, and had Lydia, 
1730; Zachariah, 1731. According to the settlement, there 
was also a daughter Elizabeth. 

Page 24. 
Note. Mary Alden, Boston, m. 8 Feb., 1721, Samuel Kneeland 
of Boston. (Boston Records.) 

We can add to this that Mary (Alden) Kneeland was 
born 20 Aug., 1692, daughter of Nathaniel 3 Alden (John 2 , 
John 1 ) which can be shown as in the case of her sister Eliza- 
beth, as follows : — 

1. John 3 Alden had a dau. Mary, born 15 Dec, 1691. 

2. William 3 Alden had a dau. Mary, born 12 June, 1706. 

3. Nathaniel 3 Alden had a dau. Mary, born 20 Aug., 1692. 

1. John 3 Alden's daughter Mary married Oct. 4, 1714, 
Joseph Brightman, as stated by Dr. Alden. 

2. William 3 Alden's daughter Mary married Joseph 
Gale (April 29, 1736), as stated over her own signature in a 
document on file in Midd. Eeg. Probate. 

1901.] OF BOSTON. 83 

3. Mary Kneeland in 1736 signed the Power of attor- 
ney, calling herself a grandchild of John 2 Alden ; therefore 
she must have been the remaining Mary, and daughter of 
Nathaniel 3 Alden (JoJm 2 , John 1 ) . 

Paqe 24. 
Elizabeth 5 Alden, dau. of Capt. Nathaniel, m. abt. 1750, Capt. 
John Homans of Dorchester, his 2 d wife. 

She married Anthony Jones as above stated , and the ques- 
tion is fully discussed in the N. E. Hist. & Gen. Eeg. of 1897, 
page 69. 

The Boston Records say Mary Viall Alden, wife to Zachariah, 
died 1709. 

Public records have to be accepted generally without ques- 
tion, but in this one there is evidently a mistake. This entry 
is not an original record. The early records of Boston Mar- 
riages and Deaths are very meagre, and to supply the de- 
ficiency, so far as possible, a compilation has been made from 
various sources, such as old newspapers, sexton's bills, &c. 
The source of information is set down, and in this case it was 
" Winsor's Duxbury." But Winsor did not say that Mary 
died then; his words, " d. 1709," referred to Zachariah and 
not to his wife. This statement is sustained by the Power of 
attorney of 1736, which has the signature of " Mary Alden 
widow to Zachariah Alden son to the abovesd John Alden." 
Therefore Mary (Viall) Alden did not die till after 1736. 

The Power of attorney which has been quoted from so 
freely is here copied in full (from the original on file in 
Middlesex Probate,) and with it are given brief extracts from 
the papers and records relating to the Land Grant to the heirs 
of Capt. John Alden. Mr. Elijah Fitch of Hopkinton has 
many of these papers in his possession, he being a descendant 
of Col. John Jones, the attorney for the heirs ; and he has 
kindly given me free access to them. 


Order of the General Court. 

In Council Jany 12, 1736,7. A petition of Edward Tyng, Temple 
Nelson, and Nathaniel Alden, praying for a Grant of a Tract of Land 
for themselves and the other heirs of their Respective fathers in Con- 
sideration of the Great Charge and Suffering of their said Fathers in 
a long Captivity in France being in the service of the province when 
taken. . . 

Ordered that 1200 acres .... lying west of Salem Canada 
Town be and are granted to the pet rs , 400 acres to the heirs of Ed- 
ward Tyng ; the like quantity to the heirs of John Nelson ; and the 
Residue of the grant to the heirs and Legal Represent 8 of the said 
Capt John Alden, dec'd. . . . 

As John Alden's son Nathaniel died before 1702, the above 
petitioner was probably a grandson, Nathaniel 4 (John 3 , John 2 ). 

The heirs put their affairs in the hands of Col. John 
Jones, who had married Aug. 4, 1726, Hannah Alden, a sister 
of this Nathaniel. Hannah died without heirs, and Col. Jones 
married a second wife. 

Power of Attorney. 
Copied from the original on file in Middlesex Registry of Probate. 
Know all men by these Presents That We, Elizabeth Willard, 
Widow, Daughter to John Alden of Boston, Deceased, Mariner, 
Hephsibeth Mortimore, late wife to Nathaniel Alden, Mary Alden, 
Widow to Zachariah Alden, sons to the aboves d John Alden, Nathan- 
iel Alden, Mary Alden, Thomas Alden, Elizabeth Alden, Ann 
Alden, single woman, Mary Brightman, Nathaniel Hayward 
and Hephzibeth Hayward, Elizabeth Betterley, Peter Britton 
and Lydia Britton, Mary Alden, Zachariah Alden, Samuel 
Kneeland, Mary Kneeland, Timothy Green and Elizabeth 
Green, Grandchildren to the afores d John Alden Deceased all of 
Boston in the County of Suffolk and Province of Massachusetts Bay 
in New England do hereby appoint John Jones of Hopkinton 
in the County of Middlesex in the Province afores d Esq. our sufficient 
and Lawful Attorney in all Causes Moved or to be moved for or 
against us to Prosecute them to final Judgment with full Power of 

1901.] OF BOSTON. 85 

Witness our Hands and Seals this 15 Day of Aprill Anno 
Domini 1736. 
Signed Sealed & Delivered Elizabeth Willard (Seal) 

in Presence of us Hephzibeth Mortmore (Seal) 

Daniel Fowle Mary Alden (Seal) 

Nath 1 Green Mary Alden (Seal) 

Jane ££ k Alden (Seal) 
Suffolk s.s. Elizabeth Alden (Seal) 

Boston April 16, 1736 Ann Alden (Seal) 

Elizabeth Willard, Hephzibeth Mary Brightman (Seal) 

Mortimore,Mary Alden, Mary Alden Nath 1 Hayward (Seal) 
Jane Alden, Elizabeth Alden, Hepsabeth Hayward (Seal) 

Ann Alden, Mary Brightman Elizabeth BETTERLEy (Seal) 

Nath 1 Hayward, Hepzabeth Hay ward, Liday Britton (Seal) 
Elizabeth Betterley, Lidiah Britton, Mary Alden (Seal) 
Mary Alden, Zachariah Alden, Zechariah Alden (Seal) 

Sam 1 Kneeland, Mary Kneeland, Sam 11 Kneeland (Seal) 
Timothy Green, Elizabeth Green, Mary Kneeland (Seal) 
All of them Personally appeared Timothy Green (Seal) 
before me the subscriber One of Elizabeth Green (Seal) 
his Majesties Justices of the County 
afores d & acknowledged the above 
Instrument to be their Act & Deed. 

Samuel Sewall J Pacis 


Mary Gail Dafter to W m Alden Grand Children to Capt Alden— 
Elizabeth Betterley sister to Mrs. Gail. 

This document identifies the members of John 2 Alden's 
lineage then living, and having their signatures makes it a 
valuable relic. Three of the number died or went to sea 
between the time when the document was prepared and the 
date of signing, viz : Nathaniel 4 Alden (John 3 , John 2 ) Thomas 
Alden his brother, and Peter Britton.. Elizabeth Willard was 
the only child of John 2 Alden, then living ; Hephzibeth Morti- 
more was late widow of Nathaniel 3 (John 2 ) ; the first Mary 
Alden in the list was Mary (Viall) widow of Zachariah 3 (John 2 ) : 
this is the Mary whom the Boston records erroneously set 


down as deceased in 1709 ; the second Mary Alden was wife of 
Nathaniel 4 (John 3 , John 2 ), her maiden name has not been 
learned : the third Mary Alden on the list was a daughter of 
William 3 , who, two weeks later became Mary Gale ; Elizabeth 
Alden and Ann Alden were unmarried daughters of John 3 
(John 2 ) ; Mary Brightman was their sister ; the others are 
easily traced. 

Capt. John 3 Alden died Feb. 1, 1730, and his will was 
presented Feb. 9. (Suff. Pro. V. 27, 458). He gives to his 
(2d) wife Susannah, one full half of my Real Estate to her and 
her assigns ... To the children of my son John Alden, dec'd, 
1-6 of the remainder, To son Nathaniel 1-6, To son Thomas 
1-6, To daughter Elizabeth Alden 1-6, To daughter Hannah 
Jones 1-6, To daughter Ann Alden the remaining sixth part. 
Wife and Nathaniel Exrs. 

The Inventory was 
Personal £948.2.9 1-4 

House and land in Milk St 1000. 

£1948.2.9 1-4 

Later they all sold their interest in the Milk Street estate, 
by deeds, as follows : — 

(Suffolk Deeds Lib. LXI. p. 287) 12 July 1731. Entered Oct. 1, 
1741, Susannah Alden for ^"500. paid by Nathaniel Alden, sell to him 
one half part of dwelling house and land in Milk street in Boston, 33 
feet by 100 feet deep. 

(Lib. LXI. p. 288) 19 Feb., 1732. Entered Oct. 1, 1741. We, 
Thomas Alden, Mariner and Jane his wife, Elizabeth Alden and Ann 
Alden, Spinsters, John Jones of Hopkinton and Hannah his wife, for 
;£233. 6. 8 paid by our Brother, Nathaniel Alden, sell to him all our 
right in one full moiety of house and land in Milk Street. 

(Lib. LXII. p. 54) 8 Oct., 1741. Entered Oct. 30, 1741. John 
Jones of Hopkinton and Timothy Green of Boston, Printer, adminis- 

1901.] OF BOSTON. 87 

trators of estate of Nathaniel Alden, deceased, for ,£1171. paid by 
John Decoster sell to him eleven twelfths part of dwelling house and 
land on Milk street. 

(Lib. LXIL, p. 56) 10 Oct., 1741. Entered Oct. 30, 1741, Eliza- 
beth Alden and Ann Alden of Boston, Spinsters, Sisters of Nathaniel 
Alden of Boston, Mariner deceased, for ^"30. paid by John Decoster 
sell to him all our share & interest in the messuage & land sold by 
Jones & Green adm™ to the estate of our brother Nathaniel Alden. 

(Lib. LXXV., p. 172) 28 Jan., 1742. Entered Oct. 8, 1748, 
Henry Burchstead of Lynn, Guardian of Benjamin, John, and Anna 
Alden children of John Alden Jun r , for ^83. paid by John Decoster 
sell to him one twelfth part in house and land in Milk street whereof 
the said minors grandfather John Alden died seized . . . 33x100 
feet . . . the said John Alden was sole owner by estate of inheritance 
and upon whose decease the premises granted descended to his son 
John Alden, Jun r the father of said minors, who died seized thereof. 

Henry Burchstead, Guardian. 

The will of Capt. William Alden, 14 Jan. 1728, presented 
March 3, 1728. . . gives "to my youngest daughter, Mary 
Alden £50 as an equivalent of what my other two daughters 
have had at marriage. . . The remainder to my three Eliza- 
beth Betterly, Lydia Britton and Mary Alden. . . James 
Gooch Jr & Mary Alden Executors." 

Inventory of William Alden presented June 26, 1732. 
Furniture &c £139.14 

Dwelling house & land 1000. £1139.14 

Feb. 3, 1764, John Jones presented a new petition to the 
General Court, setting forth that the four hundred acres 
granted in 1736 "lying in the Branches of the Souhegan 
River. . . by late running of the Line is fallen into the Govern- 
ment of New Hampshire and not now available to the heirs" and 
asked for a new grant, which was ordered. 


Feb. 4, 1766, he presented for confirmation a plan of 400 
acres adjoining Pittsfield ; this was not accepted, and he was 
given liberty to lay out two smaller tracts. 

29 Jan'y, 1766 John Jones of Hopkinton and William 
Williams of Pittsfield gave bond in £300. for proper care and 
distribution of the 400 acres. 

7 June, 1786, John Jones, Exr. of John Jones reported 
to the Judge of Probate of Middlesex that the land was sold 
for £80, which with interest, after charges, he was ready to 
distribute ; and he presented the following account. 

This account shows the care and anxiety which the trust 
entailed on father and son and their long continued efforts to 
find all the heirs of Captain John 2 Aid en ; advertising in the 
papers, and consulting the leading lawyers of the time. Law- 
yer Sullivan named in the account was afterwards Governor 
of the State. 

Middlesex Probate Files. 

The heirs of the estate of Capt. John Alden, late of Boston, 

To John Jones of Hopkinton, Dr. as an Executor to his Hon d 
Father's Estate John Jones Esq. late of Hopkinton, Deceased, the s d 
Jones being Trustee for the Alden Heirs : — 

Nov. 1772 To Jurney with my Father to Colo. 

Ezra Taylers in order to get knowledge of the Estate of s d 

Alden £0— 3—0 

in the year 1774 To several Jurneys to said Taylers aboute 

the said Heirs Estate 0— 9—0 

In the year 1777 To a Jurney to Cambridge to the Clerk 

the Cort General Sesong a Copy of Execn 1 — 4 — 

In the year 1781 to a Jurney to Boston to take advice of 
Mr. Lowell what to do his advice was to Let it alone 
till Silleven come 2 — 8 — 

and to pay Lowel 1 — 4 — 

in the year 1782 To a Jurney to Boston to Mr. Lowel in 
order to have said Tayler served upon the Receipt on 
the Execution 1 — 4 — 

1901.] OF BOSTON. 89 

In the year 1783 to a Jurney to Boston to take security for 

the Debt 1— 4—0 

In the year 1784 To a Jurney to Boston to put an advis m 

in the Public Prints in order to find the heirs 1 — 12 — 

Sometime after to a Jurney to Boston in order to meet the 
said Alden heirs upon appointment to get Souleven 
to Sue Noyce 1 — 4 — 

Feb. 1786 to a Jurney to Boston in order to Get out Ex- 
ecution 1 — 4 — 

May 3, 1786 to a Jurney to Boston to take advice of Sul- 
leven what to do & his advice to advertise in the 
prints 3—13—8 

June 13, 1786 To a Jurney to Boston with the money in 
order to pay the Heirs of the said Alden & by advice 
it was not safe to pay s d said Heirs. 2 — 12 — 

June 13, 1786 To a Jurney to Boston to Serch the pro- 
bate office in order to look for my fathers Bond & to 
get a List of the Heirs of the Aldens & pay the Justice 
for summoning one of the the Heirs one shilling & 6 
pence 1 — 17 — 6 

and from Boston to Concord & Expense I paid the 
Secretary for Copy 2 / pd Colo. Jones of Dover 1 — — 

19 — 15 — 2 

Concord June 15, 1786 Errors Excepted 4 — 3 — 4 

,£23. 18. 6 
Middlesex s. s. Concord, 15 th June, 1786. 

Having examined this ace*, & sworn John Jones, Esq. the Ex- 
ecutor I allow thereof. 

Oliver Prescutt J Prob. 
Probate fees 1—3—4 

Order for Distribution. 

. . . John Jones, Executor of the will of John Jones, Attorney for 
the heirs . . . declareth that the money arising from the sale resting 
in his hands is .£180. 18.6. . . 1 order. . . payment of costs £"23. 18. 6 
and the remainder, being £157, I order him to distribute in the fol- 
lowing manner, viz., to said Deceased's son John's children, he being 


also dead, viz. John, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Hannah and Ann, each 
Ten Pounds 9/4 ; to the children of said Deceased's son William who 
is also dead ; viz. Elizabeth, Lydia and Mary, each eight Pounds 
14/5J ; and to the children of Deceased's son Nathaniel who is also 
dead, viz. Mary and Elizabeth, each Thirteen Pounds 1/8 ; and to 
the children of said Deceased's son Zachariah who is also dead, viz. 
Mary and Elizabeth, each Thirteen Pounds 1/8 ; and the remainder 
being Twenty-six Pounds 3/4, to pay in equal shares to and among 
the descendants of said Deceased's daughter Elizabeth Willard when 
their number can be ascertained. Payments to be made to the per- 
sons mentioned, or their respective guardians, husbands, or other 
legal representatives. 
15 June 1786 Oliver Prescott, J Pro. 

The names of the heirs as stated in the order of the 
Court were obtained from Mary Gale, a granddaughter of Capt. 
John 2 Alden, in a document as follows, on file in Middlesex 
Eegistry Probate. 

Heirs of John Alden, Mariner, Deceased. 

The above John Alden left 5 children, viz. 

John Alden 

William Alden 

Nath 1 Alden 

Zach r Alden 

Elizabeth Alden 
John Alden the second left 

John Alden 

xNath 1 Alden 

Eliz th Alden 

Hannah Alden 

Ann Alden 
William Alden left 3 Daughters, viz. 

Eliz th Alden 

Nath 1 Alden left 

Lydia Alden 
Mary Alden 

Mary Alden 
Eliz th Alden 

Zach r Alden left 2 Daughters, viz. 
Mary Alden 
Elizabeth Alden 

1901.] OF BOSTON. 91 

Eliz th Alden married Mr. Willard & left 7 children who are all 
Ded, but the Bridghams who are Grand Children to Mrs. Willard. 
The above William Alden left 3 Daughters, viz : 
Eliz th Alden mar d Mr. Th 8 Betterley. 
Lydia Alden 4 ' Mr Peter Britton 
Mary Alden " Mr. Jos : Gale 

Mary Gale 

Suffolk ss. June 14 1786 Then appeared Mary Gale & made a 
solemn oath that the above relation of the Heirs is to the best of her 
knowledge Just & True 

before Stephen Metcalf, J. P. 

The money was paid immediately, and receipts are on file 
at the Registry, except a receipt for one of the shares of 
William's children. 

The first group, being children of John 3 , (oldest son), had 
a double portion ; but Elizabeth, Hannah and Ann having died 
without heirs, the whole ,£52.6.8 was divided between the 
heirs of John 4 and Nathaniel. 4 Anna Burrill, the only remain- 
ing child of John 4 and Anna (Braine) Alden, with her husband 
Samuel Burrill signs "for £"26.3.4 in full for two shares as 
heirs of John Alden deceased being for grant of land for the 
benefit of John Aldin's the first Heirs." 

An Elizabeth Alden had married Anthony Jones another 
son of Col. John Jones ; and Hannah Alden had married 
Michael Homer of Boston. "Wm Valentine, Admr of the 
estate of Elizabeth Jones " signs < 'for £"13. 1.8 it being the fourth 
part of the share of John Alden son of the said John Alden 
deceased" : — and Michael Homer signs "for £"13.1.8 in full of 
share of Hannah Homer Deceased late wife of Michael Homer 
of Hopkinton and daughter of Nathaniel Alden, it being the 
fourth part of the share of John Alden son of the said John 
Alden and one half of the full share which Nathaniel Alden 
was heir to." 


These receipts show that Elizabeth Jones and Hannah 
Homer were daughters of Nathaniel, and they identify this 
Nathaniel as son of John 3 (John 2 ) , instead of his being son of 
Nathaniel 3 (John 2 ), as stated on page 13 of Alden Memorial. 

For the second group (William's children), there is one 
receipt missing from the file ; one is signed by Mary Gale for 
£8.14.5 1-3 ; and one by " Thos. Bayley for £8.14. 5 1-3 in 
full of one-third of a shair of the late William Alden." 
Thomas Bayley was appointed Dec. 20, 1785, administrator of 
the estate of Lydia Britton ; the missing receipt was therefore 
for the part belonging to Elizabeth (Alden) Betterly. 

For the third group (Nathaniel's children), there is a re- 
ceipt signed by Gibbins Sharp and Hepzibeth Sharp "for 
26. 3. 4 in full for two shares belonging to Mary and Eliza 
Daughters to Nathaniel Alden." 

Nathaniel 3 Alden, father of the third group, son of John 2 , 
died in 1701. He had daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, as stated 
by Mrs. Gale, and he also had a daughter Hepzabeth who mar- 
ried, April 28, 1718, Nathaniel Hay ward ; their daughter, 
Hephzibah Hayward married June 26, 1750, Thomas Oliver of 
Boston. That she became a widow is shown by the order of 
the Court March 5, 1762, for Division of Hepzibah Hay ward's 
estate ' ' To Hepzibah Oliver : to Elizabeth Atkins wife of 
Henry ; to Mary Knox wife of Thomas ; . . . real estate in 
Cross Street." 

The widow Hepzibah Oliver married Gibbins Sharp, and 
his will (Suff. Pro. 103, 452), of 1802, provides for 
"Thomas Oliver the son of my late wife Hepzibah Sharp, 
Elizabeth Atkins," (her sister), et cetera. In 1786 Hepzibah 
and Gibbins were both living and signed the receipt ; therefore 
Nathaniel's daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, were deceased, and 
also his sons, and their share went to Hepzibah Sharp 5 (Heph- 
zibeth Hayward 4 , Nathaniel Alden 3 , John 2 ) . 

1901.] OF BOSTON. 93 

For the fourth group (Zachariah's children) , there is a re- 
ceipt of John Langdon " for £26. 3. 4 in full for two shares 
belonging to Mary and Elizabeth daughters to Zechariah 

On this point Mrs. Gales' statement was right enough as 
a matter of inheritance, but not quite accurate genealogically. 
Zachariah 3 , son of Capt. John 2 Alden, had but one child, Zach- 
ariah, who, presumably, had the two daughters above named. 
I do not find the marriage of either of them. John Langdon 
was not a connection except through his wife ; she was Mary 
Walley, born June 12, 1749, daughter of Thomas and Mary 
(Kneeland) Walley. Thomas Walley was one of the wealth- 
iest of Boston merchants ; his wife Mary Kneeland, born Aug. 
21, 1727, was daughter of Samuel and Mary (Alden) Knee- 
land. Samuel Kneeland was a printer, partner of Timothy 
Green above mentioned ; his wife Mary Alden was born Aug. 
20, 1692, daughter of Nathaniel 3 Alden (John 2 ). Briefly 
stated the descent is as follows : Mary 6 (Walley) Langdon, 
Mary 5 (Kneeland) Walley, Mary 4 (Alden) Kneeland, Na- 
thaniel 3 Alden, John 2 Alden, John 1 Alden), which would make 
John Langdon's wife a third cousin to the ladies, whose por- 
tion her husband signed for ; this would hardly make him 
their heir, and he probably signed as their business agent. This 
Captain John Langdon, born July 28, 1747, had been in the 
Revolutionary Army, and at this time was an officer in the 
Boston Custom House ; he was son of Nathaniel, born Sept. 
14, 1695, and Abigail (Harris) Langdon ; Nathaniel was son 
of John and Elizabeth Langdon. (Langdon Genealogy.) 

And finally, there is a receipt as follows : " Boston, 
June 29, 1786. Received of John Jones, Esq. Executor of 
the last will of John Jones Esq. late of Hopkinton Decesd 
Twenty six pounds 3-4 in full as heirs of Elizabeth Willard, 
viz. for Mr. Joseph Bridgham, Sarrah Bridgham, and Cath- 
rine Alen and myself, being for a Grant of Land made by the 


General Court in the year 1764 to John Jones Esq of Hop- 
kinton Decesd for the Benefit of the Heirs of John Alden, 
Marriner, Decesd. 

Abigail Gerrish." 

Elizabeth (Alden) Willard's daughter Abigail, born Jan. 
19, 1703, married Oct. 18, 1722, Doctor Joseph Bridgham, 
and removed to Plympton and had a large family. The above 
recipients of £26. 3-4 were doubtless their children. 

It is thus seen that in 1786 Mary (Alden) Gale was the 
last survivor of two generations from Captain John 2 Alden, 
she being 80 years of age ; and that the proceeds of the Land 
Grant all went to women or their representatives, no male 
heirs of John 2 Alden in the direct line being then existing. 

By Thomas A. Dickinson. 
( Continued from page 65.) 
Capt. George P. Ellis died in Walpole June 25 1337. 
He was buried in the Payson Tomb. His mother was 
a Payson, but not a sister of the minister. 

Mr. Ellis was a noted infidel of his day. His funeral 
was attended by Abner Kneeland of Boston, and the fol- 
lowing notice, written by Mr. Kneeland, appears in the 
Boston Investigator of July 7, 1837, 

Died, at Walpole, Mass., on Sunday the 25th. ult., Mr. George P. 
Ellis, aged 43. He had, at times, bled severely at the lungs ; but 
being much in favor of the Thompsonian practise of medicine, which 
he occasionally administered to others as well as himself, he was in 
all probability preserved several years longer than he would have 
been under what is called the regular mode of treatment. 


He died as he had lived, not only a firm Thompsonian but also a 
firm infidel in relation to all unseen beings and unseen worlds. Yet 
he has astonished many of his Christian neighbors by his firmness, 
his fortitude, his patience, and his resignation, during his long and 
tedious sickness. If to be a kind-hearted, upright and benevolent 
man, particularly in sickness, is a Christian trait, he was practically 
a Christian : notwithstanding his unbelief in all the Christian dogmas. 

He had long anticipated his approaching dissolution, insomuch 
that he requested us, more than a year ago, to attend his funeral 
whenever the time should arrive, and deliver an address on the 
occasion. This request was renewed to his mother and sister just 
before his death, who are all the family that are left now, except an 
adopted daughter of his mother, (for his father died last March, who 
was also buried without the aid of the clergy) and accordingly his 
request was complied with, by delivering such an address on Tuesday 
last to a very numerous assemblage of people who had collected on 
the occasion. A more attentive audience of all that we could see, or 
that could have been within hearing, we seldom or never witnessed ; 
and while it seemed to give much consolation to the bereaved 
mourners, we trust that it was matter of instruction as well as satis- 
faction to many others. To satisfy the whole, we could hardly expect ; 
for there were some, perhaps, who came out of a mere curiosity to 
hear what would be said. The loss of friends and relatives, the loss 
of their society, the loss of their aid and support, (which in the pres- 
ent case is very great) is the same to all let their opinions in rela- 
tion to a supposed hereafter, be what they may ; and if we have not 
the hopes, we have not the doubts, the fears, the concern, the 
anxiety of Christians. When our friends cease to breath, and all the 
vibrations of the heart cease, they — not to say their bodies but they — 
are at rest ; and our minds are as much at rest concerning them. 

Is it so, can it be so, with all Christians ? 

Abner Kneeland. 

Here lies hurried the body of Lieut. Jacob Ellis who died June y e 8 
1752 ag d 52 years 

Horace S Everett son of Sylvester & Waity Everett who died Oct. 
15 1812 aged 4 years 4 months & 17 days. 

How soon the lovely shadow fades 
The pleasing object of our eyes 
To sleep among the silent dead 
Till Jesus bid its dust arise 


Here lies burried y e body of Mrs. Sarah Fales wife of Dea. Ebenezer 
Fales who died July y e 14 th 1755 in y e 72 d year of her age. 

Here lies burried y e body of Dea. Ebenezer Fales who died July 19 
1755 in y e 74 th year of his age. 

In memory of Mr James Fales who died May 20 1793 in the 73 year 
of his age. 

In memory of Mr. Jonathan Fales who died Feb. 1780. Upwards of 
60 years of age. 

In memory of Miss Hannah Fales Aug. 29 1793 age 37. 

In memory of Capt. Samuel Fales Departed this life January the 
31 th 1808 the 44 th year of his age. 

Father 1 owe thy sentance just 
And nature must decay 
I yield my body to the dust 
To dwell with fallow clay 

Sacred to the memory of Mr. Samuel Fuller who died April 14 th 1832 
Ag d 82 years 

In memory of Mrs. Zelenda Fuller wife of Mr. Samuel Fuller who 
died Nov r 3 d 1820 Aged 68 years 

In memory of Mrs. Ann wife of Mr. Jacob Gay who died Oct. 23. 
1792 ag d 38 years 

Calvin Gay Died Oct 17 1814 M 60 

In memory of Mr. Ebenezar Gay who died Oct. 3 d 1792 In the 41 th 
year of his age 

At noon I nourished blooming fair & gay 
At evening an extended Corps I lay 
O what is man when in his best estate 
Death the unseen is hasting to the gate 

Joel Gay died Nov. 25 1809 Aged 42 y' rs 9 m's 
Priscilla his wife died Sept. 7 1854 Aged 86 y'rs. 
Sacred to the memory of Mr Nathan Gay who died Sept. 18 th 1808 
Aged 61 years 

My sun is set. My glass is run 
And all my works on earth are done 

In memory of Lieu* Nathl Gay who deceas d July 28 th 1776 Aged 65 


Shall mortal man complain of him that is most just 
When he removes our friends & lays them in the dust. 

Sacred to the memory of the Widow Rebecca Gay who died Sept. 14 th 
1807 Aged 94 years. 

God of my childhood & my youth 

The gard of all my days 

I have declar d thy heavenly truth 

And told thy wondrous ways. 

When I lie burried deep in dust 

My flesh shall be thy care 

These withering limbs with thee I trust 

To raise them strong and fair 


In memory of Mrs Susanna Gay wife of Mr Joseph Gay She died 
Oct. y e 21 1753 in the 37 th y r of her age. 

In memory of Mr Solomon Gilbert of Sharon who died July 11 1815 
aged 62 years 

Great God we own thy sentence just 
All nature must decay 
We yeald our bodies to the dust 
To dwell with fallow clay. 

In memory of Mr Joseph Guild who died Nov. 7 1807 in the 78 th year 
of his age 

In memory of Mrs Margary Guild wife of Mr Joseph Guild who 
died June 20 1807 in the 73 d year of age. 

In memory of Polly Guild daugh* of Mr Eliphalet Guild & Mrs 
Eachel his wife who died Aug. 28 1805 aged 4 years 7 months & 16 days. 

In memory of Mr Samuel Guild who died Sept. 27 1805 in the 78 year 
of his age 

Affliction sore long time I bore 
Physicians skill was vain 
Till God was pleas'* to give me ese 
And free me from my pain. 

(To be continued.) 


By William R. Mann. 
(Continued from page 63.) 

Mr Obed Harlow to Miss Hannah Bullard both of Sharon. 
Octo 1809 

Mr Ira Draper. Jr of Weston to Miss Nancy Bullard of Sharon 
Dec 1809 

A true copy Attest William Savage Town Clerk. 

Married by the Rev d Jonathan Whitaker. 

Mr. Andrew Drake, of Boston, and Miss Elizabeth Capen of 
Sharon. May 25, 1810 

Mr. Nathaniel Vinal of Boston and Miss Hannah Johnson of 
Sharon. Sept 5 1810 

Mr. Jason Gay and Miss Mary French both of Sharon. April 
22, 1811. 

Mr. Samuel Capen of Stoughton to Betsey Reupeke. of Sharon 
Octo 12. 1811. 


Mr. Benjamin Hodges Jr. and Miss Hannah Talbot both of 
Sharon. Nov. 10. 1811 

Mr. Ebenezer Fisher 2 d and Miss Sally Johnson both of Sharon 
March 2. 1812 

Mr Hartford Morse, of Roxbury and Miss Lucy Gay. of Sharon 
April 30, 1812 

Mr. Seth Gay of Roxbury and Miss Patience Gannett of Sharon. 
July 6. 1812 

Mr. Amos Childs of Wilton and Miss Mehetabel White of 
Sharon. Octo 14. 1812 

Mr. Macy Tisdale of Boston and Miss Frances Hewins of 
Sharon Nov. 30. 1812. 

Mr Nathaniel Kimball, of Goffstown N. H. to Miss Susannah 
Everett of Sharon Apr. 18. 1813 

Mr. Charles Cobb, and Miss Martha Grey residents of Sharon 
July — 1813 

Mr Jared White of Sharon and Miss Rebecca Mears resident in 
Sharon July 21. 1813 

Mr. Samuel D. Hixson. of Stoughton and Miss Fanny Reynolds 
of Sharon. Octo. — 1813. 

Barzilla Lisbon Resident in Canton and Lucy Gould resident in 
Sharon. Feby. 13. 1813 

A true copy of the Rev Jonathan Whitaker of the persons he 
joined in Marriage 

Attest William Savage Town Clerk. 

Married by Benjamin Raynolds Justice Peace. 

Mr. Nathan Allen, of Sharon, with Jannet Longer Resident in 
Sharon. April 4. 1816 

Mr. Ransel Jones Jr. with Miss Lydia Barrows both of Sharon. 
May 12. 1816 

Mr Luther Drake, with Miss Catherine Holmes both of Sharon. 
May 23. 1816 

Capt Daniel Daney with Miss Catherine Judd both of Canton. 
June 4. 1816 

Mr Nehemiah Leonard of Boston with Miss Sibbel Smith of 
Sharon Nov 28. 1816 

Mr Jared White of Sharon with Miss Nancy Wheeler resident of 
Sharon January 9. 1817 


Mr. Ellis Johnson with Hannah Estey both of Sharon April 13, 

Doct Zepheniah Randall of Easton with Miss Betsey Bullard of 
Sharon April 22, 1817. 

Mr. Alpheus Bliss of Stoughton to Miss Mercy Johnson, of 
Sharon May 11, 1817. 

M r . David Clark of Francistown and Miss Sally Jordan of Stough- 
ton May 31 1817. 

Mr. Thompsen Allen Resident of Sharon and Miss Nancy 
Waters of Sharon Sept. 21 1817. 

Mr. Levi Stuart of Sterling and Miss Jane Eames of Sharon Jan- 
uary 22 1818. 

Mr. Lemuel D. Hewins and Miss Patty Hewins both of Sharon, 
Feby. 26 1818. 

Given under my hand this 25 day of April A D 1818. 

Benjamin Raynolds Justice Peace, 
A true copy of the returns Attest William Savage Town Clerk. 
Married by Nathaniel Gould Justice of the Peace. 

M r Benjamin Ide to Miss Sophia Fairbanks both of Sharon 
June 4. 1818. 

Mr Luther Holmes to Miss Hannah Richards both of Sharon 
July 5. 1818. 

Mr. Joseph Bicknell to Miss Abigail Everett both of Sharon. 
April 11, 1819. 

A true copy the returns Attest Daniel Stone Town Clerk. 
Married by the Rev d Samuel Wait. 

M r Isaac Gardner of Dansville to Miss Susan Johnson of Sharon 
Octo. 11. 1818. 

Mr Nathan Fuller to Miss Lucy Mears both residents of Sharon. 
April 18. 1819. 

A true copy of this return Attest Daniel Stone Town Clerk. 
Married by Benjamin Raynolds Justice Peace. 

Mr William Tolman to Miss Mary Swift, both of Sharon May 21. 

Mr. James Perkins resident in Sharon and Miss Pricilla Pierce 
of Sharon May 25 1818. 

Mr. Albert Field of Norton to Miss Abigail Hewins of Sharon 
June 7. 1818. 


Mr. Daniel Pettee to Miss Nancy Payson both of Foxborough 
June 9. 1818. 

A true copy of the return Attest Daniel Stone Town Clerk. 
Married by Rev d Samuel Wait 

M r Lewis Underwood to Miss Charity Simmons both residents in 
Sharon Aug. 1, 1819. 

M r Increase Fisher resident in Sharon to Miss Eunice Johnson 
of Sharon Nov. 14, 1819. 

Deacon Leavitt Hewins to Mrs. Sabary Richardson both of 
Sharon Dec. 12, 1819. 

M r George Sally of Foxboro. to Miss Susan Drake of Sharon 
Dec. 12 1819. 

A true copy of the return. Attest Daniel Stone Town Clerk. 
Married by Nathaniel Gould Justice of the Peace 

M r Joseph Marston of Boston to Miss Polly Thrasher of Sharon. 
Sept. 16 1819. 

A true copy of the return Attest Daniel Stone Town Clerk. 
Married by Rev. A. Lamson, of Dedham. 

Mr. Isaac Copland of Canton to Miss Nancy M. Cobb, of Sharon 
Octo. 7, 1821. 

A. Lamson. 
A true copy. Attest Jeremiah Richards Jr Town Clerk. 
Married by Benjamin Raynolds Esquire 

Mr. Benjamin Richards 2 d of Sharon to Miss Mary Bell resident 
in Sharon Apr. 13, 1821. 

M r Calvin Drake, of Sharon to Miss Betsey Perry, resident in 
Sharon. Octo. 29, 1821. 

Given under my hand this 25 day of Dec. 1821. Benjamin 
Raynolds Justice Peace. 

A true copy Attest Jeiemiah Richards Jr. Town Clerk . 
Married by Nathaniel Gould Esquire 

Mr. Edward French and Miss Mary Hewins both of Sharon, 
Octo. 28, 1821. 

Mr William Putnam and Miss Susan Briggs both residents in 
Sharon, Feby. 12, 1822. 

Nathaniel Gould Justice of the Peace. 
A true copy Attest Jeremiah Richards Jr Town Clerk. 

(To be continued.) 

1901.] CHANDLER FAMILY. 101 


By Mrs. A. M, Pickford. 

"The Coat of Arms of this Chandler Family was 
prepared by Miss Fanny Chandler, from an original ob- 
tained from the Herald's College, London, by the Rev. 
Thomas Bradbury Chandler, D. D. of Elizabeth Town, 
N. J., when he was there in 1775. The crest borne on the 
closed helmet above the Coat of Arms, is that of the 
Pelican in her nest wounding her breast to feed her young 
with her own blood — an emblem of parental affection 
expressive of the family motto, 'Ad mortem fidelis.' The 
mantle — cut and jagged — hanging from the Helmet, indi- 
cates the faithful service of the wearer ; the Gauntlet, his 
prowess. Heraldic colors on the shield are designated by 
the direction of the lines. ' He Beareth Checkie, Argent 
and Azure, on a Bend o the First, Sa., Three Lyons, 
Passant, Gules. By the name of Chandler.' " (From Geo. 
Chandler, of Worcester, Mass.) 

1. "William Chandler and Annis his wife settled, 
1637, in Roxbury, Mass. They brought with them four 
children. Their youngest, Sarah, is the only one whose 
birth is recorded in this country. What Annis' surname 
was before marriage does not clearly appear." Supposed 
to be a sister of Deacon George Alcock. 

" Annis Chandler was admitted to the church in 
Roxbury 'at the same time her husband William Chandler 
was.' After the death of Mr. Chandler, she, under the 
name of ' Ann,' m. 2 July, 1643, John Dane, of Barkhamp- 
stead and Bishop's Stortford, Herts, England, and of 
Ipswich and Roxbury, N. E. ' Att a Gen'all Co'te at 

1 Compiled from " Descendants of William and Annis Chandler, by 
George Chandler of Worcester, 1883," and from family letters and 
journals, now in possession of Mrs. Pickford. 


Boston, 17th of the 8 mo. 1649.' ' Upon the petition of 
John Dayne, that the house and land which was Wm 
Chandler's' be ' Settled upon ye said Dayne, he having 
paid more debts of Chaners than ye house and land was 
worth, & and also brought up ye children of Chandler 
w'ch have been chargeable to him.' " 

" ' 1649. Oct. 19. In Ansr to the petition of John 
Dayne ffor the Setling the house and lands of Wm. 
Chandler (whose widow he marryed and Children brought 
up) on him, the said John Dayne, his request is granted 
by this Corte.' John Dayne died in Roxbury, and the 
church records say he, ' was buried Sept. 14, 1658.' " 

Extract from will : " I give to louving wiff Annie 
whom I mak sooll Exsecktria all my movable goods that 
is not expressed." 

" Mrs. Annice (as the apostle Eliot called her) Dane 
married in Roxbury, 9 Aug. 1660, John Parmenter of 
Sudbury. His wife Bridget had died the 6th of April 
previous. John Parmenter had taken the freeman's oath 
13 May, I640. In 1641 he was Selectman in Sudbury." 
" John Parmenter aged 83, sometime Deacon at Sudbury 
died 1671 m. 3 d 1." "In 1671 John Parmenter made his 
will and mentioned his wife Annisce, to whom he gave 
" the use of my warming pan so long as she remain my 
widdow." " Mrs. Annis Parmenter died 15 March, 1683. 
Church records say, " In 1683 m. 1, d. 17 died Old Mother 
Parmenter a blessed saint." 

William Chandler was a small landed proprietor in 
Roxbury, Mass., as "A note of ye estates and persons 
of ye inhabitants of Roxbury," made between 1638 and 
1640, shows " 22 acres — William Chandler— 7 persons [in 
his family] — ^06: 00: 00." 

He was rated as a " housekeeper." He took the free- 
man's oath in 1640. The Roxbury Records, as printed in 
the Norfolk County Journal, say "William Chandler 

1901.] CHANDLER FAMILY. 103 

came to N. E. about the year 1637. He brought four 
small children : Thomas, Hannah, John, William ; his fifth 
child Sarah was born here ; he lived a very religious and 
godly life among us, and fell into a Consumption to which 
he had, a long time, been inclined ; he lay near a year 
sick, in all which time his faith, patience & Godliness & 
Contentation So Shined that Christ was much glorified 
in him — he was a man of Weake parts but Excellent 
faith and holiness ; he was a very thankful man, and 
much magnified Gods goodness. He was poor, but God 
prepared the hearts of his people to him that he never 
wanted that which was (at least in his Esteem) Very 
plentiful and Comrortable to him — he died — in the year 
1641, and left a Sweet memory and Savor behind him. 
The Eliot Church Records say, " William Chandler, a 
Christian, Godly brother, died of a Consumption month 
11, day 26, 1641, and was buried 29(11) 1641, in Roxbury." 
The children of William and Annis Chandler were : — 

2. Hannah, 2 b. about 1629. 

3. Thomas, 2 b. 1630. 

4. William. 2 

5. John. 2 

6. Sarah. 2 

2. Hannah, 2 b. about 1629; m. first, Dec. 12, 1646, 
(say the Eliot Church Records of Roxbury in the hand- 
writing of John Eliot the Apostle) George Abbot, who 
emigrated from Yorkshire, England about 1640; lived 
in Roxbury, awhile ; settled in Andover in 1643. She m. 
secondly, 1690, Rev. Francis Dane, of Andover, between 
1684 an d 1703. " The parties are said to have come to 
America on the same ship. Mr. Abbot died in Andover 
Dec. 24, 1681, at the age of 76, being, as he says in his 
will, " aged and crazy in body." She outlived Mr. Dane 
and died June 11, 171 1, aged 82. (Essex Antiquarian, I, 
No. 3, p. 1.) Children born in Andover : — 


John 3 , b. March 2, 1648 ; deacon of the South Church and 
selectman of the town ; m. Sarah Barker of Andover, 
Nov. 17, 1673 ; d. March 19, 1720-21. His wife died Feb- 
ruary 10, 1728-9, aged eighty-two. 

Joseph, 3 b. March 11, 1649 ; d. June 24, 1650. 

Hannah, 3 b. June 9, 1650; m. John Chandler, Dec. 20, 
1676; d. March 2, 1740. 

Joseph, 3 b. March 30, 1652 ; killed by Indians at Andover, 
April 8, 1676. 

George, 3 b. June 7, 1655 ; was a selectman of Andover, 
where he resided, and a man of Christian character ; was 
Captain ; m. Dorcas Graves, April 17, 1678 ; d. Feb. 26, 
1735-6. His wife survived him, and died his widow, 
Feb. 18, 1739-40, "being aged." 

William, 3 b. Nov. 18, 1657 ; a weauver and lived in An- 
dover ; had the Puritan faith ; m. Elizabeth Geary of 
Roxbury, June 19, 1682. She died Nov. 26, 1712; he 
died Oct. 21, 1713. 

Sarah, 3 b. Nov. 14, 1659 ; m. Ephraim Stevens, Oct. 11, 
1680; d. June 28, 1711. 

Benjamin, 3 b. Dec. 20 1661 ; a carpenter and lived near 
the Shawshene river in Andover, and was an active and 
respected citizen ; was corporal ; m. Sarah Farnum of 
Andover, April 22, 1685. His wife survived him, and 
was living his widow in 1724. 

Timothy, 3 b. Nov. 17, 1663. April 8, 1676, he wa taken; 
captive by the Indians, and in the following August was 
returned by a friendly squaw, having suffered much 
hunger. He was a husbandman and lived in Andover ; 
m. Hannah Graves, Dec. 27, 1689. She d. Nov. 5, 1726 ; 
and he d. Sept. 9, 1730. 

Thomas, 3 b. May 6, 1666 ; was a farmer and lived on the 
west side of the Shawshene river in Andover ; m. Hannah 
Gray, Dec. 7, 1697. She was born Nov. 30, 1674, and 
died his widow Jan. 25, 1763, aged 89. Mr. Abbot died 
as he had lived, a Puritan in faith, April 28, 1728. 

Edward, 3 drowned when young. 

1901.] CHANDLER FAMILY. 105 

Nathaniel, 3 b. July 4, ] 671. He was a wheelwright and 

resided in Andover; m. Dorcas Hibbert, Oct. 22, 1695. 

She died Feb. 16, 1743, and he died Dec. 1, 1749, aged 

Elizabeth, 3 b. Jan. 29, 1673-4; m. Nathan Stevens, Nov. 

24, 1692; d. May 4, 1750. (Essex Antiquarian, I, No. 

3, pp. 35-37.) 

3. Capt. Thomas, 2 b. 1630; m. Hannah Brewer, An- 
dover. She died there Oct. 25, 1717. He came with his 
parents to this country in 1637, when he was about seven 
years old ; was one of the proprietors and early pioneers 
in the settlement of Andover ; Representative to the 
General Court, in 1678-9, from Andover. "He died 15 day 
1703." Children : — 

Thomas, 3 b. Oct. 2, 1652; d. June 6, 1659, aged 7 years. 

(Salem Record.) 
John, 3 b. March 14, 1655 at Andover ; m. Dec. 20, (O. S.) 

1676, Hannah Abbott; d. in 1703. She d. in 1717, 

aged 87. 
Hannah, 3 m. Dec. 2, 1674, Daniel Bisby of Andover. He 

d. May 7, 1717. 
William, 3 b. May 28, 1659; m. April 21, 1687, Elanor 

Phelps. They were the first couple married by Rev. 

Francis Dane of South Andover. 
Sarah, 3 b. Dec. 20, 1661; m. Samuel Phelps, Sen. of 

Andover ; he d. Jan. 26, 1746, aged 95. She d. April 5, 

1757. Member of church in South Andover which she 

joined Jan. 25, 1713. 
Thomas, 3 b. Oct. 9, 1664; m. Mary Peters, May 22, 1686. 

She d. July 21, 1753, aged 85. He d. Jan. 20, 1737, in 

73d year ; was representative to the General Court. 
Henry, 3 b. May 28, 1667 ; m. Nov. 28, 1695, Lydia Abbot 

of Andover. She was b. Sept. 29, 1675 ; d. March 11, 

1739, aged about 74. He d. Aug. 27, 1737, aged 71. 
Joseph, 3 b. Aug. 3, 1669 ; m. Sarah Abbot, Nov. 26, 1691 ; 

was captain. 

4. William. (To appear in next No. of Register.) 


5. JoHN, 2 m. "ffeb. 1 6, 1658," Elizabeth Douglas (b. 
1610; d. at New London, Conn., 7.. 23.. 1705.), was deacon 
of the church ; d. April 15, 1703; buried in Woodstock, 
Conn. Children all born in Roxbury. 

John, 3 b. March 4, 1659 ; d. Dec. 15, 1660. 

Elizabeth, 3 "borne ffeb r 20, 1661 ; m. Robert Mason of 
Roxbury, Nov. 18, 1680. She d. in Roxbury, Nov. 17, 
1688, in her 27 th year. 

John, 3 b. April 16, 1665 ; m. first, Mary Raymond of New 
London, Conn., Nov. 10, 1692. She d. "April y e 8 th 
1711. He m. 2dly Esther Britman, Nov. 14, 1711. 
She was widow of Palsgrave Alcock. He was Cap- 
tain, the Col. He was nearly forty years a Com- 
missioners of the Peace ; seven years of His Majestys 
Council. Was also Judge." Judge John Chandler died 
in Woodstock, Conn., Aug. 10, 1743. 

Joseph, 3 b. April 3, 1667 ; d. " month 8, day 1, 1668." 

Hannah, 3 b. Sept. 18, 1669; m. Moses Draper of Roxbury 
July 7, 1685. She d. June 9, 1692, aged 22. He d. May 
19, 1693. 

Mehitable, 3 b. Aug. 24, 1673 ; m. John Coit of New Lon- 
don, Conn., June 25, 1695. He was b. Dec. 1 1670 ; d. 
Oct. 22, 1744, at 74. She d. Nov. 3, 1759 in her 87 th 

Sarah, 3 b. Nov. 19, 1676; m. William Coit of New Lon- 
don, Conn., June 9, 1697. He was b. Jan. 25 1675 ; d. 
May 7, 1703, aged 27. She m. 2dly. John Gardner, Sept. 
7, 1708 (b. April 19, 1661, d. Jund 25, 1738 aged 78) ; 
she d. July 3, 1711. 

Joseph, 3 b. June 4, 1683 ; m. Susannah Perrin of Roxbury 
June 29, 1708 ; was Captain and selectman ; d. in Pom- 
fret Jan. 5, 1749-50 in his 67 th year. She d. Jan 22, 1775 
in 68 th year. 

6. Sarah, 2 b. in Roxbury; m. first William Cleaves, 
Nov. 4, 1659. He was killed by the Indians at Sudbury, 
Mass., April 29, 1676. She m. 2dly, Wilson; 3dly, Oct. 11, 

1901.] THE AMES DIARY. 107 

1688, Eph. Stevens ; 4thly, Allen. Children by her first 
husband: — 

SARA, 3 b. Aug. 12, 1660. 

Elizabeth 3 , bapt. "1671, month 12 day 17." 

" Margaret 3 Parker, dau. to Widow Cleaves took hold on 

the covenant 1679 m 9 d 17." 
" Hannah 3 Cleaves (and others) took hold on the Covenant 
this day 1681 m 1 d 20." 

(To be continued.) 


By Edna Frances C alder. , 
( Continued from page 60.) 

March 1803. 

7. Town meeting, all new S. men. 

14. Vast expence for ordination 

15. W m Bullard died Phth\ 

16. Bates ordain'd, Clergy stuffed. Vast provisions. 

19. W. Bullard buried first carried into Meeting house for prayers. 
Great Aur' Borealis 

22. Turnpike behind T. Gay's fast making. 

23. Patience Negress died. 

31. Mr. Thos Wells from Watertown lately come to work with a 
chaisemaker here on the 29 th was heard in the chamber over the shop 
making a Strang noise then he fell down & was found senseless but soon 
came to and complained of violent pain one side of head took a vomit 
got better & went out but 31* had 2 d attack of apoplexy or some disorder 
of brain with continued pains of head slow pulse, &c. 


3. Washington, dupe of the Order of Lawyers while, he was alive 
renounc'd them after he was dead— I will not do so, I will renounce 
them now I am alive & leave them to their luck after. 

12. Mr. Wells buried here in Masonic form, a large concourse to 
view the ceremony, hear the music & prov'd to the honor of Masonry, it 
is believed. 

A writer under Signature of Algernon Sydney perhaps Gallatin or 
J. completely in masterly stile vindicates Jefferson's adminis'n, es- 
pecially in New Orleans affair of exclusion of deposit, strikes conviction 
to every unprejudic'd mind & opens a superb prospect for the United 
States ! 

Jefferson, tho' bred a Lawyer despises the narrow spirit of Petty- 
fogisrn, therefore the L's hate him. !! 

30. D n Fuller sowing oats & harrowing. • 

Being at Easter meeting chosen C'h'h Warden I refuse that honor 
Montague still prevaricating as usual demand large sum for services 


never done for Church but against the will of the Church Sal Richards 
recollects Montague saying they would not vote to move the Church he 
would do it by his own authority & accordingly moved the old church at 
vast expense & loss by \ ] down then bui'lt a new one Mrs. Jere 

Shuttleworth remembers same many members then quitted him &c : and 
never after attend Church. 

1. Went Canton, cons* Dr. Baker 

12. Eefunded Oliver Wheelock's License fee as Retailer. 
17. Mr. Haven died. 

19. Went Canton, Sharon, saw Cotton factory, a great curiosity, at 
Canton, Set up by an Englishman, is call'd Mule, was spinning 108 
spindles at once. 

25. Elect. Major 'Fed' Otis Spk'. 

31. Wrote Col. James Clarke bv Mrs. Holbrooke of Lebanon High- 
way work under D n Bui. a 1, for 8 hours a man's work tax'd 6.90 to 


13. Rode in my chaise over Turnpike thro' Woods to Davis's Rox'y 

14. Planted potatoes in Grass in Hybernian manner. 

15. Galvanism Captivating mod' Philosophers. 

16. Warren bro't from England great apparatus for Galvanic experi- 

17. T.G. having command of Turnpike Irishmen can turn to his own 
advantage the wealth of the United States, keeping 18 or 20 men at once 
at work on his various cellars under barns houses moving buildings &c, 
as now this 17 th J une Mr. Jerau says he has 18 men at work for him taken 
off turnpike. 

Lem Gay carried 2 quarts Strawberries Hudson got 4- allows 3-19 

18. Carries more allows 4-10 

21. Went Jo' Baker's. David Tyler died in convulsions. Court 
martial here. 

23. Went thro' Turnpike with Mr. Dowse 

27. Paid .75 cents Field Driver on compt D n Bullard. 

28. J. Shepherd & Ellis caught a Salmon w*. near 10 lb. in Neponset 
about 3 miles above Paul's bridge— incorrect in the paper publish' d 

Many republished ac't of Salmon taken in Neponset but not time. 

30. two Salmon taken in Neponset by seine, noticed in Dedham 
paper, July 12 <& Aug. 2 d 

Preparations for noticing 4 th July in various places, in various 
manners— some with orations & mental feasting— others with solid meat 
wine & punch to please the bodies appetite— And some have asked me 
about going to join them,the very ones that voted my excommunication ! ! ! 
at which I was astonished!!! 

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Vol. XII. October, 1901. No. 4. 


ON her sixteenth birthday, Mary Richards was 
married to Reverend Andrew Tyler, minister of 
the Church in Clapboard Trees Parish, Dedham. She 
was the third child and eldest daughter of Dr. Joseph 
and Mary (Belcher) Richards, and was born at Dedham 
on March 20, 1 73 1 ; her marriage took place on March 
20, 1745, 6. Her Richards ancestry in the direct line 
is as follows : — 

Edward Richards, m. Susan Hunting, Sept. 10, 1638. 
John, m. Mary Colburn, Oct. 1, 1672. (Reg. II., 110.) 
John. m. Judith Fairbanks, about 1697. 
Joseph, m. Mary Belcher, Aug. 10, 1726. 
Mary, m. Rev. Andrew Tyler. 

Her father was born at Dedham on April 18, 1701 ; 
graduated in the Class of 1721, Harvard College ; was a 
physician in Dedham ; first clerk of the Clapboard Trees 
Parish ; a Justice of the Peace ; a Selectman of the town 
from 1 73 1 to 1736; a Representative to the General 
Court, 1742, 1744 to 1750, 1752 to 1754; Colonel of 
Militia ; and died on February 25, 1761 : Mary, his wife 
was the daughter of Rev. Joseph and Abigail (Thompson) 
Belcher; and her father was the minister of the First 
Church in Dedham. Parson Belcher's portrait hangs in 
the present meeting-house. Rev. Andrew Tyler, her 
husband, was the son of Andrew and Miriam (Pepperrell) 
Tyler of Boston, and was born there on August 20, 1716; 
graduated in the Class of 1738, Harvard College; was 
ordained minister of the Clapboard Trees Parish on 


November 30, 1743, and continued until his dismissal 
on December 17, 1775. His portrait given by his grand- 
son, Captain George Jackson Tyler, hangs in the Library 
of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society. Mr. 
Tyler's mother was a sister of Sir William Pepperrell. 

Captain Tyler also gave to the same Society a por- 
trait, by Copley, of Mrs. Andrew Tyler of which a 
photogravure copy is given in this number of the 
Register by the Society's permission. The original is 
described as follows in Copley's Life and Paintings 
(Boston, 1873), by Augustus T, Perkins: — 

" This picture is a crayon of kit kat size, and repre- 
sents her as dressed in a blue silk and a pink mantle. 
Her hair is without powder, and a circlet of pearls close 
under her chin completes her costume." 



By James F. Magee, Jr. 

Nathantel Whiting 1 of Dedham, was part owner of 
the Dedham mill in 1642, and many of his descendants 
were in the early days owners of grist, saw and fulling 
mills and later of water privileges and all kinds of 
manufactories. His two sons Samuel and Timothy and 
their descendants were interested in mills in Dedham for 
over one hundred years. His son John owned two mills 
in Wrentham, and John's sons and grandsons were 
owners of mills in Medway and Wrentham for many 
years. From Nathaniel's youngest son Jonathan, was 
descended Nathaniel Whiting, Jr., who founded Whitins- 
ville, Mass., and whose descendents at the present time 
own and operate one of the largest plants in New 


John 2 Whiting was the eleventh child of Nathaniel 
and Hannah (Dwight) Whiting of Dedham, Mass., and 
was born there July 19, 1665. (Register, IV. 42.) Before 
1685 he went to Wrentham and settled there on land that 
his father had portioned to him January 12, 1662, when 
Wolomonopog (Wrentham) was divided between the 
freemen of Dedham. The first move in Wrentham was 
to grant 12 acres of land at the Ponds for a corn water 
mill, which was offered to Robert Grossman, and finaly 
in 1685 assumed by John Whiting, who built a mill on 
the site of the present Eagle Factory. (Blake's Franklin, 


John's father Nathaniel must have been the owner 
of Crossman's rights in the mill, as his widow Hannah 
conveyed them by her deed November 9, 1688, to her son 
John, with other property describing it as coming to her 
from her deceased husband Nathaniel. He married in 
Wrentham December 24, 1688, Mary Billings and lived 
near the outlet of Whiting's Pond. His first wife died 
January 4, 1728; and he married 2dly Sarah ( ) in 

May, 1729. 

On March 1, 1702, Richard Puffer of Wrentham, 
husbandman, received from John Whiting, miller, 
twenty acres of land and in exchange gives him a parcel 
of land containing twenty acres, to be set out on the east 
side of his lot at a place called and known by the name of 
Papanuttuk as it is bounded by the land of Benj. Rocket, 
viz. — Samuell Fisher in part, and land formerly granted 
to Benj. Clarke in part, E. ye corner of the twenty acres 
abutting on Charles River near ye mill dam of said 
Whiting and on the Charles River. Signed sealed and 
delivered in the presence of John Foster, David Jones 
J no. Ware. In a deed dated 24th day of March 17 15 
Lieut. John Whiting, sells to his son Nathaniel for 
thirty-two pounds, seven acres, three roods, and twenty 
poles of meadow land in the town of Wrentham 


called, "Hernor medow, bounded by John Partradg 

On April 3, 1724, John Whiting, Sen., of Wrentham, 
for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred 
Pounds current money of New England (or that which 
is equivalent thereto) to him in hand paid by Nathaniel 
Whiting of Medway, miller, and son of said John 
Whiting, sells a certain tract of land containing One 
Hundred and One Acres and a Half, situated in 
Wrentham at a place called Poppoluttock, bounded by 
the land of Samuel Fisher Northward, and by the land 
of the said Nathaniel Whiting and Common land and 
the way to Longwalk Westward, and by Common land 
Southward, and by Common land and by Timothy 
Clarks land and the Old Way leading from 
Wrentham to Medway, over at the bend of the Charles 
River Eastward. In deeds of 1709 and 1715 John 
Whiting is referred to as Lieutenant Whiting, it is 
likely that he belonged to the local militia and took part 
in the Indian wars. 

In 182 1 the town of Wrentham investigated the 
question whether the successors of John Whiting, viz., 
The Eagle Manufacturing Company, were not bound to 
grind corn, etc., for the inhabitants according to the 
conditions of the ancient grant to Crossman. It appears 
in the course of the investigation from depositions of 
Captain Lewis Whiting, Joseph Whiting and Jemima 
Fisher, grandchildren of John, that their grandfather 
built the mill at the present dam on the grant made to 
Crossman, to grind particularly for the inhabitants of 
Wrentham, and it further appeared that the dwelling 
built and owned by their grandfather John, (now 1821) 
owned by Eliphalet Whiting, stood on the two acre lot 
granted to their grandfather John in 1685. Under date 
of October 27, 1785, Mr. Ames wrote in his diary, "J. 

1901.] WHITING FAMILY. 113 

Whiting near Wrentham Ponds told me that his Father 
has often told him that he used to eat fine Salmon that 
were taken every spring at the entrance of said Ponds 
which communicate with Charles River but of late years 
their passage is stopd by mills &c." (Register, IV, 171.) 

John 2 Whiting died in Wrentham 1732 and his will 
was proved August 15, 1732. The will was dated May 29, 
1729. He gives to Sarah his dearly Beloved Wife one 
third -the Dwelling House, Homestead, Grist Mill and 
Fulling Mill, also one third of his movables out of doors. 
To his sons Nathaniel, John, and Eliphalet he gives his 
wearing apparel to be equally divided among them, and 
to his daughters Mary Man, Jerusha Slack Jemima 
Wight, Zabiah Ware, Hannah Fisher and Phebe 
Whiting an equal share of his household stuff after his 
wife had taken her third part. To his eldest son 
Nathaniel (having given him considerable already towards 
his Medway settlement) 20 Shillings. To son John (he 
also having received considerable) three cow comon 
rights in Wrentham, also 10 Shillings. To his son 
Eliphalet he bequeaths two-thirds of his dwelling house, 
homestead, Grist Mill and Fulling Mill. He is also 
requested to look after the youngest daughter Phebe in 
case she should ever be in want. To his six daughters 
he leaves amounts varying from six to one hundred 
pounds each. He appoints his sons John and Eliphalet 
executors to his will. 

Children of John and Mary (Billings) Whiting: — 

Nathaniel 3 , b. February 2, 1691. 

Mary 3 , b. October 14, 1692 ; m. [ ] Mann. 

John 3 , b. January 16, 1695; m. Mary Wight, February 24, 

1719. For descendants see Blake's History of Franklin. 
Jerusha 3 , b. November 2, 1697; m. Benjamin Slack, July 

29, 1714. 
Jemima 3 , b. December 5, 1699; m. Jonathan Wight, 

February 13, 1720-21. 


Zabiah 3 , b. December 29, 1701 ; m. Lewis Sweeting ; m. 

2dly, Dr. William Ware. 
Eliphalet 3 , b. September 16, 1705; m. Abigail Man, 

March 7, 1733; had at least three grandchildren living 

in 1821. 
Hannah 8 , b. February 13, 1706; m. [ ] Fisher. 

Phebe 8 , b. June 18, 1710 ; unm. in 1732. 

Nathaniel 3 Whiting was born in Wrentham 
February 2, 1691, and married Margaret Man, April 18, 
171 1. She was the daughter of the first minister in 
Wrentham the Rev. Samuel Man, and Esther (Ware) 
Man. On March 28, 1709, two grants of four acres each 
were given by the town of Wrentham to Nathaniel 
Whiting the one lot was in Popolottock, bounded by his 
own land north and by the land of Lieut. John Whiting 
in part and the land of Samuel Fisher in part east and 
common land on all other parts, with allowance for a way 
through said land. The other four acres were at Turners 
folly bounded by his own meadow north-west and his 
swampy land south-west and the land of Ebenezer 
Metcalf north-east and common land south-east. 

In 171 1 Nathaniel established a mill on the Charles 
River in what was then Medfield. In 1713 Medway was 
formed out of the western portion of Medfield and he 
was one of the founders of the new town. He was one 
of the selectmen in Medway for eight years at intervals 
between 1723 and 1749. The following records are from 
the Church of Christ and the town meeting book, March 
6th. 1723 Nathaniel Whiting was one of five men 
selected to provide a Minister, after the dismissal of the 
Rev. Mr. Deming. 

In 1731 at a town meeting it appears that a major 
part were for singing that which is usually called the old 
way ; then the town proposed to choose a man to lead the 
Psalms for the congregation and the vote fell upon 
Ensign Whiting, said Whiting refused in an open 


meeting; and upon the second try all of the vote fell 
upon Jonathan Partridge. 

On November 29, 1741, Nathan Buckman, the pastor, 
baptised Stephen and Charles, negroes, the former the 
negro of Lieut. Timothy Clark, the latter the negro of 
Captain Nathaniel Whiting. On December 29, 1748, the 
part of Medway in which Nathaniel lived was incorpo- 
rated into West Medway, with the view to the organ- 
ization of a second Church on account of the great 
distance to attend public worship. This was the second 
Church of Christ. Captain Whiting gave the town the 
land. It is recorded, "The church was desired to meet 
Monday the 8th of October 1750. After, when met, the 
church made choice of Captain Nathaniel Whiting to be 
their moderator till they should have a minister ordained. 
May the 7th 1753 Captain Nathaniel Whiting and John 
Pond were chosen ruling elders"; they appear to have been 
the only persons to have held this office in the history of 
the church up to the present time. In the possession of 
the writer is an old communion mug of pewter (the 
makers date 1722). The mug was used either in this 
church or possibly in the church at Wrentham where the 
Rev. Samuel Man ministered. 

(To be continued.) 




Communicated by George Kuhn Clarke, LL. B. 

(Concluded from page 74.) 

Mar. 12. Alvin son of M r „ Alvin Fuller 
July 2. Joseph Drury Son of Elisha Flagg 
July 9. Nancy Kingsbury daughter of Daniel Morse 


Nov. 5. Michael Metcalf son of Capt. Michael Harris 

Dec. 3. Meriam adult person, Wife of Hezekiah Broad Esqr 

Jan. 21. Calvin Son of Elijah Perry in private the child was sick 
June 2. Janny, child of Hezekiah Broad 
June 2. Nancy daughter of Alvin Fuller 
July 14. Lorenzo Emerson son of Phinehas and Sarah Rice 

May 4. Hezekiah Son of Hezekiah Broad Esqr 
June 22. Mehitible Bacon daughter of M r Daniel and Mehitible 

Oct. 19. Clarrissa Lion adult 

In the afternoon same day — David Ayres adult and his 

eight children — viz — Reuben, John, George, Sally, Martha 

Slack, Caroline, Hannah Dana, Rebeckah Garfield — 

Also George, son of M r Ethel Jennings — 
Nov. 30. Persis Ware daughter of Alvin Fuller and Anna his wife 

Jan. 11. Hezekiah Child of deacon Hezekiah Fuller 
Mar. 1. Abigail, daughter of Elisha and Rhoda Flagg 
Aug. 2. David, Son of David and Sarah Ayres 
Oct. 4. Luther son of Luther Smith 

Apr. 18. Caroline Stevens an adult person 
May 30. five adult persons — viz — John Mclntire, and Caroline his 

wife — Lyaia Pierce — Harriot Smith and Caroline Holyoke 
Also four children of John and Caroline Mclntire — viz — 

John — Samuel — George and James 
June 20. by M r Ide, Henry, Son of Daniel Morse 
July 2. Mary Fiske daughter of Alvin and Anna Fuller — The child 

was baptized at home M rs Fuller being sick 
July 11. Timothy Bullard an adult person. 
Aug. 22. Prudence Walker Phebe Meribah Morrill, daughter of 

Green and Susanna his wife — who live at Mendon 

Also — Belinda, Dorothy, Isaac, Abigail Newell, children of 

Isaac and Dorothy Smith 
July 23, 1820. Hannah Nelson wife of Ralph Bacon — 


Also Willard Gay son of Elisha Flagg, and Caroline daugh- 
ter of Daniel Ware 
Sept 3. Caroline, daughter of John Mclntire, and Caroline his wife 
Oct. 1. six children of Major Calvin Shephard and Nabby his wife 

viz — Calvin, Nancy Parker, Sophia, Harriot Newell, Isaac, and 

Mar. 4, 1821. Joel Pierce Son of Luther Smith 
Jan. 20, 1822. Susan Durell, daughter of Capt. Reuben Ware and 

Lydia his wife 
Mar. 17. Martha Jane, Daughter of Isaac Smith, Dorothy his wife 
Aug. 18. Manson, son of Daniel Morse and Mehitable his wife 

Elizabeth daughter of Ralph Bacon and Hannah his wife 
July 20, 1823. Daniel Newell Son of Daniel Ware 

Isaac Walker, son of M r Green and Susannah his 

Aug. 31. Alba Parker [son], child of Luther Smith 
Oct. 12. Elizabeth daughter of John M c Intire and Caroline his wife 
May 16, 1824. Lydia Maria, daughter of Capt Reuben Ware, and 

Lydia Pratt Ware his wife 
Sept. 12. Rebecca daughter of Daniel and Mehitible Morse 
Dec. 5. Jonathan Boutwell and Sarah his wife — Adult persons 
May 22, 1825. Nancy Kingsbery wife of Joseph Kingsbery — and her 

sister Polly Godard, widow — Also Abigail Elizabeth Daughter 

of Capt Ruel Ware 
June 5. five children of Mrs Godard viz — Nathan — Prudence — 

Martha — Mehitable, and Mary 
Oct. 16. Francis Henry a child of Nathan Dewing — The child being 

very sick was baptized at home 
Mar. 1826. Daniel Newell son of Daniel Ware 
Mar. 30. Sarah Dewing child of John Mclntire — The child was 

sick, it was baptized at home— died April 3 d 
Oct. 8. Israel Hunting jur adult 
Nov. 27. Ruel Willard, son of Capt. Ruel Ware, and Hannah his 

Dec. 31. Sarah Elizabeth Flagg — daughter of Lewis, and Sarah 



Feb. 11. Maria Bullard, wife of Nathaniel Bullard — Also their chil- 
dren the same day Viz — Nathaniel Gilmore — Moses Henry — 
and Clarissa Maria 


June 17. four children of Israel Hunting jur — viz — Joseph — Re- 

beccah — Israel — and Louisa 
Aug. 19. by M r Parker Gabrilla, daughter of dea Benjamin Fuller, 

who recently moved here from Newton. 
Feb. 21, 1828. widow Rebecca Fuller 

May 25. Daniel Ware, son of Isaac Smith and Dorothy his wife 
June 29. Louisa Maria daughter of Capt Reuben Ware and Lydia 

his wife 
June 29. William Henry, Son of William & Martha Flagg 
Sept. 7. Lucinda Emeline daughter of Capt Ruel Ware and Han- 
nah his wife 
Jan. 25, 1829. Rebecca Hunting wife of Israel Hunting jr — 
July 12 (22). Martha Jane daughter of Daniel and Mehitable 

Aug. 23. Jane Maria, daughter of M r Nahum Andrews 
Aug. 31. William Lewis, and George Ellery child of Lewis and 

Hannah Clarke 
Dec. 27. Abba Mary, daughter of Lewis and Sarah White 

Jan. 7. five children of Joseph and Nancy Kingsbery — viz — Wil- 

lard, Joseph, Charles, Charlotte, &> Nancy 
May 9. Hannah Jackson daughter of Dea Benjamin and Susanna 

Sept. 5. Hannah Jane, daughter of Capt Ruel Ware and Hannah 

Oct. 10. Elizabeth Ellen daughter of William and Martha Flagg 

May 15. Clarissa Holt daughter of Isrieal and Rebeccah Hunting 
May 15. three children of Charles and Rhoda Withington — viz — 

Sumner Andrews, Maria Chandler and Sarah Ann 
June 26. Almira Kingsbery wife of Luther Kingsbery an adult — 

Also, Reuben Newell, son of Capt. Reuben Ware and Lydia 

his wife 
Aug. 14. George Francis Son of M r William G. More of Leicester 

and Mary his wife 


Jan. 22. five persons viz — Emily Kingsbery — Abba Eliza Smith — 
Charles Hunting jur — Lovina Jenison — Luther Parker Jenison 


Apr. 15. Mehitible Jane Fuller and Caroline Hall, adults 

July 1. two children of Jonathan Fuller jun and Sarah Ann his 

wife — Viz — Henry Augustus and Andrew Withington 
July 8. Catherine Priscilla daughter of Capt. Ruel and Hannah 

Oct, 21. by Mr. Trask, George Henry Son of Nahum Andrews 
Feb. 10, 1833. Francis Henry Son of Thomas Noyes jur and Mary 

his wife 
May 5. by Mr Moore, William Smith, son of Capt Reuben Ware 
July 7. Samuel Brown Son of William and Martha Flagg 

The first volume of records ends with the pastorate of 
the Eev. Thomas Noyes, A. M., who was dismissed July 9, 

The following items are also from the first volume. 
June 21, 1801. David Dana and wife owned the Covenant 
Sept. 6. Luther Dana and wife owned the Covenant 
Sept. 27. Lydia Edes made a profession of religion to receive Bap- 
tism for herself 
Dec. 6. George Smith made a profession of religion, in order to 

have his children baptized. 
Dec. 4, 1802. the three daughters of Nathaniel Bullard, Elizabeth, 
Sarah Newell, and Clarissa Bullard owned the Covenant for 
the purpose of receiving baptism for themselves 
Dec. 26. Elijah Perry and his wife owned the Covenant and their 

two children baptized 
Oct. 19, 1817. David Ayers and his Son Reuben owned the cov- 
enant and were baptized 

Baptisms by Rev. J. W. Sessions. 

May 4, 1834. Mrs. Eben Fuller who was at the time received into 

the church. The same day Ann Louisa Ware, Mr. Ruel 

Ware's daughter, an infant. 
June 15. Luther Fuller, Ebenezer Fuller, Sarah Muzzy Fuller, 

George Francis Fuller, William Fuller, Henry Clay Fuller All 

children of Mr. & Mrs. Eben Fuller. 
July 6. Cap*. Jonathan Fuller Luther Ware & William Flag, who 

were all received to the Church at the time 


Aug. 3. Rebecca Ann, Mary Elizabeth & George Dexter, children 
of Mr. Dexter Ware. 

Sept. 7. Mary Elizabeth Jennings, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ethel 

May 3, 1835. Daniel Hunting son of Mr. Israel Hunting. 

June 7. Maria Elizabeth Fuller daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan 
Fuller Jun. At the same time Susan Maria Daughter of 
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Smith. 

July 5. George Franklin, son of Mr. & Mrs. Granville Fuller. 

July 19. George son of Mr.& Mrs.Fuller Smith. [Solomon Fuller Smith.] 

Sept. 6. Hannah Ann Park, & Sarah Noyes Ware the children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ware 

Oct. 4. Abigail Burgess Fisk, Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Emery Fisk. 

Nov. 1. Sophronia, Lewis Henry Hamilton Ellis & Caroline Kings- 
bury, children of Mr. & Mrs. Luther Kingsbury. 

July 3, 1836. Mr. Solomon Flagg jun. on his making a public pro- 
fession of his faith in Christ. 

Also George Henry Peck & Charles Gay, sons of Mr. & 
Mrs. Solomon Flagg jun. 

Also Ellen Augusta, Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Mayo. 

March 5, 1837. Mrs. Alvin Fuller, Abigail Smith, Susan Winship, 
Susan O. Jennison on making a public profession of religeon. 

May 7. Mrs John D. Park, Mrs James Durant, Mrs Alvan Knowl- 
ton, Miss Lucy P. Knowlton, Miss Mary Ann Dewing, Miss 
Lucretia Fuller, Miss Almira Kingsbury, Miss Mariah Kings- 
bury, Miss Mary Jane Dix, on their profession of religion. 

May 7. Afternoon Martha Jane infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jon- 
athan Fuller Jun. & Sarah Frances W T are daughter of Mr. & 
Mrs. Ruel Ware. 

July 2. Edwin, infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Eben Fuller, also Asa 
& Edwin sons of Mr. & Mrs. Alven Fuller. Also, Caroline 
Elizabeth Flagg daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Flagg. 

Aug. 20. Rev. Thomas Noyes baptized Mary Dunning infant 
daughter of J. W. Sessions & Mary L. Sessions. 

Aug. 27. Harriet Sarah, Eliza Jane, Emily Margret & Charles 
James, children of Mr. & Mrs. James Durant. 

Oct. 1. William Wallis, Charles Rollen, Abigail Mirriam, Margaret 
Ann, children of Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Knowlton. Also Lucy 
Ann, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John D. Park. 


May 6, 1838. Willard, infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Israel Hunting. 

June 17. Emily Marietta, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Albert 

Sept. 2. Sarah Elizabeth, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Emery 

July 21, 1839. Caroline Maria infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William 
Flagg. Also Sarah Ann, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jon- 
athan Fuller jun. 

Aug. 4. William infant son of Mr. & Mrs. John Mc.Crackin. 

May 3, 1840. Leonard, infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Morse jun. 
Requested by the parents to insert Fisk, as a middle name, 
March 22, 1845. H. Newcomb. 

May 31. Mary infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John M c .Cracken. 

July 5. Joseph Emery infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Emery Fisk. 

Sept. 6. Edward Augustus infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Augustus Fuller. 

June 17, 1841. Frances Mary Edwards infant daughter of the Widow 
Edward Noyes whose father died before her birth. [This 
baptism is that of the lady now the widow of Hon. George 
White, and her third name is Edwena not Edwards^ 

July 4. Abigail Boid infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Israel Hunting. 
Ellen Maria, infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dexter Ware. 
Fidelia Adele, infant daughter of Mr. Jonathan & Mrs. Jon- 
athan Fuller jr. 

Sept. 5. Laura Redway infant daughter of Rev. J. W. Sessions & 
Mrs. Mary L. Sessions. 

Nov. 7. George Alvin infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Knowlton. 

Jan. 31, 1842. Mr. Albert Smith on profession of his faith in Christ. 

Mar. 6. James infant son of Mr. & Mrs. John Mc.Crackin. 

May 1. Alvin Knowlton, George F. Darling Isaac D. Holt, Enoch 
B. Winch, Seth Dewing Jr, Horace Dewing, William W. Morse, 
Mary E. Morse, Ebenezer P. Blodget, Phebe Morell. [All 
The Rev. Harvey Newcomb became the minister Oct. 6, 1842. 

Nov. 6. Joseph Henry, George Alfred, Mary Jane, Caroline Ware, 
& Lydia Ann Jennings, children of Joseph & Rebecca Rus- 
sell. [The records do not give the name of the minister until 
Aug. 16, 1846.] 

Jan. 1, 1843. Mr. Willard Haines on profession of faith. 


May 21. Warren Adelbert, son of Jonathan & Sarah Ann Fuller. 
Francis William, son of Augustus & Susan Fuller. 
Mary Jane, daughter of Enoch B. & Mary Winch. 
Abbey Freelove, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Hayford, date 
not recollected. 
Nov. 5. Althea Augusta, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Ruel Ware — by 

Mr. Bingham. 
May 5, 1844. William Lewis, son of Joseph & Rebecca Russell. 
Aug. 18. Edward Walker Thompson, son of Cyrus & Susan M. 

Daniel Francis, son of Daniel Morse jr. & Jane Morse. 
Nov. 17. George Frederick, son of Enoch B. Winch & Mary Fuller 

Jan. 5, 1845. Agenora Tenney — Adult. 

Son of Henry and Lucy Morse. Name not handed in. 
March 2. Mr. Seth Dewing & Mrs. Olive Dewing, his wife. 
June 14. the following children, to wit : Caroline Elizabeth Dew- 
ing, daughter of Seth & Olive Dewing; Frances Maria Kings- 
bury, daughter of Dexter & Mary Ann Kingsbury, & grand- 
daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Dewing. Malvina Allen, daughter of 
Richard & Almira Parker; and Anna Maria, daughter of 
William L. & Maria Clark. 
Aug. 10. Valetta Ann, daughter of Jonathan and Sarah Ann Fuller. 
Aug. 16, 1846. by Rev. Joseph W. Sessions Marion Kingsbury 
daughter of Luther & Almira Kingsbury. 

The following baptisms were by Eev. Andrew Bigelow, 
who became the minister July 7, 1847, Mr. Newcomb having 
been " dismissed" July 1, 1846. 

Aug. 16, 1846. Enoch Francis Son of Enoch B. & Mary Winch 

Charlotte Elizabeth Cooledge daughter of Hezekiah 
Fuller Jr. and Emeline Fuller. 

May 1, 1848. Charles B. Lovel, Harrison Hathaway Gilbert H. C. 
Graves [Gilbert H. Seagrave] Sarah Daniels who were all re- 
ceived to the Church at the time. 

July 9. Ella Emma daughter of Jonathan and Sarah A. Fuller. 

July 29, 1849. Edward Granville son of Augustus and Susan S. 

1901.] THE AMES DIARY. 123 

Thirty-six deaths, 1833-1846, were recorded, but of these 
twenty-one have been printed in rny book, commonly called 
"Wellesley Epitaphs" (1900). The other fifteen are as 
follows : — 

Apr. 1834. A child of Mr. Samuel Wares died at the house of Mr. 

Luther Smiths Jun. 
Mar. 7, 1835. Widow Train aged 71. 
Mar. 26, 1835. Miss Adeline Adams, from East Sudbury, Died at 

Dea. Hez. Fuller's being engaged in teaching school in this 

Mar. 19, 1836. The widow Bradley died. Aged over 70, at Mr. 

Solomon Flagg's jr. 
Mar. 20, 1836. Mr. Nash died. Aged abt 48 years, at Mr. John 

M c Coggins. 
Mar. 22, 1836. Mr. Thaxter died at Mr. Luther Hunting's. 
July, 1836. Mrs. Luther Ware aged— 63. 
Oct. 12, 1836. Ann Knowlton, a child of Mr. Alvan Knowlton, aged 

13, months. 
Feb. 16, 1837. Mr. Luther Ware, aged 63. 

1845. An infant of W m . D. Kingsbury, time not recollected. 
Dec. 1845. An infant of Kingsbury, Sup*. Alms H. 
Jan. 22, 1846. Mr. Arnold Wells, 
Feb. 8, 1846. Mrs. Alvan Fuller, 

Mrs. Fisher. [Date not given.] 
Apr. 1846. Mr. Moses Kingsbury, aged 82. 

For the names of the moderators, standing committees and 
collectors of the West Precinct, 1775-1815, see manuscript 
volume presented to the New-England Historic Genealogical 
Society by the writer. 

By Edna Frances Calder. 

(Continued from page 60.) 

July, 1803. 
8. W m Whiting of Fitzwilliam kill'd at turnpike, blow Kock. 

11. 39 years this morn still brings up fresh distress, ob' Pater. 

12. Grand Turnpike Koad over Meadow in Dedham sinks repeatedly 
more under the mud by far than above— began in March to cart on & 
still continues so that near 10,000 loads have been laid on & yet sinks. 

17. Louisiana ceded to United States for 15 million dols. 

19. War again England and France. 

28. E. Hersey sold his house & garden to Daniels 1300 do1 . 

124 THE AMES DIARY. [Oct. 

29. Mason of Sturbridge kill'd at Turnpike by driving priming wire 
in charged Rock. 

31. Sam Richards' s set in my pew begins today at price to be agreed. 


7. Jem' Fadden & Pol. Pond married here by Montagu. 

It was a most agreeable disappointment on the 7th Aug. 1803 
to find that the river did not rise although very heavy rain the day 
before made us give up our meadows as lost, as the rain 24 July had 
raised water over them & held flooded till the 6 th August but I hear the 
Millers raising their gates was the cause which proves what might be 
done by having command of the dams in the Meadow owners instead of 
their opponents. 

18. Several men mowing my meadow but clouding up and very 
damp stop'd mowing & got in 3 small loads unmade as we call it, not 
fine, or dried & therefore I salted 2 loads of it with 3 pecks of salt separ- 
ate from my other hay to try the experiment— for one man said that he 
had known Bog meadows mowed and raked green & so got in & salted 
that kept green and good till the next spring— Now I must observe how 
mine proves. 

31. Comm 4 Cambridge 


1. Offer'd resignation of M r of Constellation. 

3. Mrs. Doggett buried. 

4. Mr Eaton pr. at Church. 
27. Abiathar Richards died. 


3. E. Paul buried. 

4. train at Dover. 
9. Wm. Lewis died 

18. Mr. Isaac Greenwood of this town died P. M. old age. 

19. Instal n here of the Constellation Lodge. I could not attend. 

23. Mr. Greenwood buried at Boston after obseq's at Dedham. 
Good Sermon in Ch'h Exequies 

24. M. Marsh sold his house to Capt. W m Allen with 1 3-4 acre for 


2. "Nehem Eales's son br'ot home dead. 

3. E. Wight asks 20 d acre for rocks & bushes old house pasture. 
6. Whiting buried 

8. Mehit 1 Farington buried. 

30. Treaty with France of Apr. last whereby for 15 million dollars 
the United States acquire the vast & rich Country of Louisiana ratified 
by President & Senate. 

1. An Thanksg'g. 

13. Lent F. A. 2 Vol. Darwin— return' d. 

In sundry Newspapers is published that John Baptist Avoilha of 
Charleston So. Carolina has obtained a patent for boring holes in rocks 
under water, ten feet or more, or in any other situation and blowing & 
completely removing them— With the labor of* two men it will execute 
more in one day than 50 men without it. The men are not compelled to 
go into the water therefore may be used in winter as well as summer. 
But it seems a little strange that at Charleston where there are no 
rocks, no stimulus to rack inventive genius to save such labor a man 
should there turn his tho'ts to the invention of such a useful Machine 
for us in rocky country : and wish for proof of its completely answering 


the intended purpose on trial as I conceive it very possible and beyond 
all calculation useful to bring such a machine into practice for clearing 
the beds of rivers, making navigable canals roads, building &c. 

At the fiat of American genius & exertion "Rocks fall to dust and 
Mountains melt away." 

January, 1804. 

1. Rage for Banks triumphant lower end of Roxbury trying for 
one but County of Norfolk at large prefer Dedham for site of Norfolk 

2. John Pickering a district Judge in N. H. impeach'd for drunk- 
enness on seat of justice. 

5. Mrs. Paul died. 

6. This day in Congress voted to impeach judges Chase & Peters. 
8. Congress have proposed to the States an alteration of the first 

Sect, of 2 d Article of the Fed 1 constitution i. e. to designate each person 
voted for as President or Vice President and several Southern States 
have adopted it. 

12. L' Aussat the French Prefect at Louisiana has formally received 
the cession thereof from Spain in order to be annexed to the United 
States according to Treaty— on which occasion we expect a grand fete. 
Deliv'd to U. S. 20 Dec r last. 

16. Boston town meeting vote to annex Dorchester Neck to the 
town of Boston. 

Sundry mechanics of Dedham meet with a Lawyer at their head to 
confer in the subject of a Bank in Dedham, & subscribe it is said, to a 
fund. I had some months ago published in Dedham Paper a proposal 
to the people of Norfolk to petition for a Bank, and since the lower end 
of Roxbury are striving for one there Dedham folks just begin to wake 
on the subject, and the like spirit moves about Franklin, where it is 
said they have subscribed largely. As I am decided to take no part in 
conference with those who have excommunicated me in December 1802, 
and abused me viz: F. A. & D n Bullard & feel indignation to find the 
Eastern States fettered down in claims of Pettyfogism I think I shall 
keep aloof yet awhile, especially as T. Gay jr. & J. Richardson seem the 
only puppets play' d off on this occasion by the man behind the curtain. 

(To be continued.) 


By William R. Manx. 

(Continued from page 100.) 

This may certify that on the first day of May A D 1823, I sol- 
emnized marriage between Rev d Thomas Barrett of West Springfield 
and Miss Fanny Hewins, of Sharon, at Sharon. Warren Bird Pas- 
tor of the 1 st Baptist Church in Foxboro'. 

A true copy Attest Jeremiah Richards Jr Town Clerk. 

The following is a list of persons whom I have joined in mar- 
riage in the Town of Sharon. 


Decern 5 1822. Mr. Joel Andrews of Dedham to Miss Lovinia 
Hewins of Sharon. 

August 22 1825. Mr Reuben Favor of Greenfield N. H. to Miss 
Olive Johnson of Sharon. 

Given under my hand this 19 th day of Sept. 1825. Thomas 

A true copy Attest Jeremiah Richards Jr Town Clerk. 
I hereby certify that on the evening of the sixteenth of Apri 
1826, I joined in marriage M r Leavitt Hewins Jr. and Miss Lucy 
Holmes both of Sharon. 

Nathaniel Gould Justice Peace. 
Sharon April 17, 1826. 

A true copy Attest Jeremiah Richards Jr. Town Clerk. 
I transmit agreeably to the requirements of the law the Persons 
joined in marriage by me during the past year. They are the 

January 1, 1826. Mr Wilber Gay of Walpole to Miss Cynthia 

Johnson of Sharon. 

January 16 1826. Mr John Mears to Miss Lucinda Drake both 
of Sharon. 

Jonathan Curtis 

A true copy Attest Jeremiah Richards Town Clerk. 
I do hereby certify that I joined in marriage on the evening of 
the 21 st day of November 1826 Mr. Elijah Glover to Miss Maria 
Pettee both of Sharon Agreeably to the law. 

Nathaniel Gould Justice Peace. 
I hereby certify that I joined in marriage on the evening of De- 
cember 25, 1826, Mr. Jesse Johnson to Miss Amey Young, both of 
Sharon agreeably to the law. 

Nathaniel Gould Justice of the Peace. 

For insertion on your records I transmit to you the foregoing 
marriages solomnized by me, in Sharon, since my last return, viz. 

May 22, 1826 Rev. Charles Boyter to Miss Harriet Gay, both 
residents in Sharon. 

June 22, 1826. Mr. Otis Fuller to Miss Catherine Hewins both 
of Sharon. 

June 25, 1826. Mr. Rufus Curtis to Miss Cynthia Morse both 
of Sharon. 

July 4, 1826 Mr. Friend Crane of Canton to Miss Abbie Smith 
of Sharon. 


March 8, 1827. Mr. Jonathan Billings Jr. to Miss Betsey Tol- 
man both of Sharon. 

Jonathan Curtis. 

Sharon March 8, 1828. This may certify that at this time Cap- 
tain Friend Drake and Miss Sarah Swift both of Sharon are lawfully 
married before me. Jeremiah Draper Justice of the Peace. 

Sharon March 31, 1828. To Capt. Jeremiah Richards Town 
Clerk of Sharon. Sir I make return of the following marriages 
which have been solomnized by me in this town during the last 
year, viz. 

July 3, 1827. Mr. Willard Morse to Miss Eliza Glover, both of 

August 29, 1827. Mr. Mace Kingman of Easton to Miss Lucy 
Johnson of Sharon. 

August 30, 1827. Mr. William Savage to Miss Hannah L. 
Belcher, both of Sharon. 

November 29, 1827. Mr. Josiah Johnson Jr. to Miss Olive 
Hewins both of Sharon. 

February 13, 1828. Mr. Ozias Gillett of Canton to Miss Hitty 
B. Lothrop of Sharon. 

Jonathan Curtis. 

Sharon April 1, 1829. To Capt Jeremiah Richards Town Clerk. 
Sir. I make return to your office of the following marriages solomn- 
ized by me during the year past, viz. 

April 17, 1828. Mr. Lewis Smith to Miss Sarah Bullard both of 

April 17, 1828. Mr. Jeremiah Gould to Miss Mary Capen, both 
of Sharon. 

April 24, 1828. Mr. Samuel Clapp Jr. of Pawtucket R. I. to 
Miss Susan Holmes of Sharon. 

November 27, 1828. Mr. John H. Bullard of Sharon to Miss 

Sarah A. Dudley of Canton. 

Jonathan Curtis. 

Sharon April 1 1830 The following marriages have been sol- 
omnized by me during the past year, viz. 

April 28, 1829. Mr. Warren Ellis of Boston to Miss Sena 
Hewins of Sharon. 

September 10, 1829. Mr. Joseph Brooks of Sharon to Miss 
Ursula Pond of Wrentham. 


November 10, 1829. Mr. Shepard Pratt Briggs of Stoughton to 
Miss Ann Jane Presbery of Sharon. 

March 18, 1830. Mr. George Plimpton to Miss Mary Tolman 
both of Sharon. 

Jonathan Curtis. 

Sharon February 15. 1831. I make return of the following 
marriages which have been solemnized by me in this town during the 
past year, viz. 

May 25. 1830 Col. Jacob How. of Haverhill to Miss Mary C. 
Norton resident in Sharon. 

May 27. 1830 Mr. James Smith of Stoughton to Miss Esther 
Richards of Sharon 

September 14. 1830. Mr Nathaniel Talbot to Miss Elmira 
Belcher both of Sharon 

Sharon March 4, 1831. Jacob Norton, 

Marriages by Rev d Jonathan Curtis. 

April 15. 1830. Mr. William W. Pickernell of Canton to Miss 
Nabby Hewins of Sharon 

September 19. 1830. Mr Lemuel Gay of Dedham to Miss 
Eunice Tolman of Sharon. 

November 11. 1830 Tisdale Drake Esq. to Miss Nancy Lucretia 
Lothrop both of Sharon 

February 3 1831. Mr. Samuel Monk of Sharon to Miss Almira 
Shepard of Canton 

March. 28. 1830 Mr William Tucker to Miss Olive Snow 
both of Sharon A Return 

Benjamin Raynolds Justice of the Peace 

This certifies, the following persons were united in wedlock by 
the subscriber 

April 14. 1831 Mr. Jabez Talbot of Stoughton to Miss Sarah 
Johnson of Sharon. 

May 4. 1831. Mr Thomas J. Bagley of Walpole to Miss Harriet 
Sumner of Sharon 

July 31. 1831. Mr Joel Holmes of Canton to Miss Mary H. 
Morey of Deer Island Maine 

Jacob Norton. 

This certifies that William L. Shepard and Miss Elvira Johnson 
both of Sharon, were united in, wedlock on the first day of April 1832. 

Jacob Norton, 


April 12. 1832. Joined in marriage Mr. Henry H. Porter of 
Halifax and Miss Catherine Bullard. of Sharon. 

August 16. 1832. Joined in marriage Mr Alden White of Boston 
and Miss Betsey Bullard of Sharon. 

Caleb Green. 

I hereby certify that on the 29 day of November 1833. Isaac M. 
Richardson of New Bedford and Miss Emeline Rhoades of Sharon 
were married according to law. 

Attest J. B. P. Stover. 

According to the law of this Commonwealth I have united in the 
bonds of wedlock Mr. Isaac Stowell of Randolph to Miss Betsey 
Hewins of Sharon and now report according to law. March 22. 1832. 

Thomas Driver. 

I hereby certify that on the 27 th day of September 1832. I 
married Mr. John Boyden of Dedham. and Miss Mary Sumner of 

Hosea Ballou 2nd Pastor of the Universalist Society in Roxbury. 

This certifies that on the first day of December 1833 I joined in 
marriage Mr Jacob R. Pike of Foxborough and Miss Sarah Ann 
Britt resident in Sharon 

Benjamin Raynolds. Justice Peace 

(To be continued.) 




By Thomas A. Dickinson. 

(Continued from page 97.) 

In memory of Mr. Benjamin Hartshorn who died Jn'y the 1 1784 in 
the 53 year of his age 

In memory of Almandy daughter of Cap* Lewis Hartshorn & Mrs 
Susanna his wife who died Dec. 9 1809 ag d 3 month. 

The blooming rose that bid so fare 
From parents gone & is no more. 

In memory of Jacob Hartshorn Son of Eben & Thankful Hartshorn 
who died April 4 th 1796 in 27 th year of his age. 

Depart my friends wipe off your tears 
Here I must lie untill Christ appears. 


In memory of Nancy daughter of Dea. Ebenezer Hartshorn & 
Thankful his wife who died March 25 1798 in the 18 th year of her age. 

In memory of Olley daughter of Mr. Ebenezer & Mrs. Thankful 
Hartshorn, died April 15 1792 Age 6 months & 3 days. 

In memory of Mrs. Caty Hartshorn the wife of Mr Richard 
Hartshorn who died Sept. 17 th 1804 in y e 60 th year of her age. 

In memory of Mr. Jacob Hartshorn son of Mr. Eben & Mrs. 
Thankful Hartshorn who died April 4 1766 27 years of age 
Depart my friends 
Wipe off your tears 
Here I must lie till Christ appears. 

In memory of Miss Susan Hartshorn daughter of Cap* Lewis 
Hartshorn & Mrs. Susanna his wife who died June 23 1817 Ag d 18 years. 
Too sweet alas for mortals here, 
Her Savior called her home; 
Come sympathise & shed a tear, 
And mourn her early doom. 

In memory of Mrs Thankful Hartshorn the wife of Dea. Ebenezer 
Hartshorn who died Dec 1 1796 in the 50 th year of her age 

In memory of Mr Richard Hartshorn who died March 25 1810 in his 
69 th year. 

A consort kind & good, a parent dear 
To all obliging & to all sincere 
He lived beloved & lamented died. 

In memory of Mrs. Hannah Hartshorn Relic to Capt. Joseph 
Hartshorn who died March 8 1793 in y e 85 th year of her age. 

In memory of Joseph Hartshorn who died Feb. 24 1784 in y e 49 th year 
of his age. 

In memory of Cap* Joseph Hartshorn who died Jan'y 3 d 1782 in y e 72 d 

year of his age. 

Once I could tell that I was well 
And went to bed at night 
But was found dead within my bed 
And never saw the light. 

In memory of Albert son of Mr. Richard & Nancy Hartshorn died 
Feb. 26 1810 age 9 month & 19 days. 

In memory of Hannah daughter of Mr. Richard & Mrs Cate 
Hartshorn died Sept 17 1778 aged 5 years 3 months & 6 days. 

In memory of 2 sons of Maj r Samuel Hartshorn & Mrs. Mary his 
wife, Viz. Harvey died Nov. 6 1794 in the 2 d year of his age. Jacob died 
Sept 8 1796 in the 2 d month of his age 

In memory of Cate daughter of Mr. Richard & and Mrs Cate 
Hartshorn died Sept 22 1778 age 2 years 7 months 15 days. 

In memory of Mrs Thomas Hartshorn who died Sept 25 1773 in the 

80 th year of age. 

As I lay slumbring on my bed 
The hand of God did strike me dead 
All vou that my survivers be 
Prepare for death & follow me. 


Sacred to the memory of Mr Timothy Hartshorn who died July 13 
1800 Aged 70 years 

If virtue, honesty & truth could save 
He lives in Rhelms of bliss 
Far! Far! beyond the grave. 

In memory of Mr. Benjamin Hawes who died Aug* 7 AD 1817 JEt 71 

Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Mary wife of Mr. Benjamin Hawes 
who died Sept. 1, 1833 Aged 86 years. 

In memory of Joseph Hawes (son of Mr Benjamin Hawes and Mrs 
Mary his wife) who died Sept. 15 1779 aged two years & 8 months. 
John Hunt died April 13 1834 aged 58 years 
Lydia died Feb 23 1807 age 29 years 
Lucy died Feb 14 1854 age 74 years 

Wives of John Hunt 
Lydia wife of John Ingraham died jan 26 1825 ag d 23 years. Caroline 
died July 10 1835 ag d 32 years, daughters of John & Lydia Hunt Also. 2 
infant daughters of John & Lucy Hunt 

In memory of Mr. William Kearns who died Oct. 24 1812 aged 28 

Be still you mourners God is just 
And twas his holy hand 
That laid your friend low in the dust 
Far from nis native land. 

In memory of Samuel son of Mr Jonathan Kendall & Mrs. Susanna 
his wife who died Sept 12 1778 in his 21 year. 

Sacred to the memory of Mr Jonathan Kendall who died Sept. 6 1820 
in the 93 year of his age Also Mrs. Frances his wife who died April 1756 
aged 24 years. 

In memory of Susanna Kendall wife of Mr. Jonathan Kendall who 
died Nov. 21 1810 in her 89 th year. 

In memory of Mr. Benjamin Kingsbury who died February the 20 th 
1787 in y e 72 nd year of his age. 

Abagail K daughter of Mr Benj.& Mrs Abagail Kingsbury who died 
Sept. 8 1776 aged 15 months. 

Silas Kingsbury son of Mr. Solomon Kingsbury who died Jan. 9 1776 
about three hours old. 

Sacred to the memory of M r Harvey Kingsbury who died June 12 
1833 Aged 26 years 

Happy soul thy days are ended 
All thy morning days below 
Go by Angel guards attended 
To the sight of Jesus go. 
For the joy he sets before thee 
Bear a momentary pain 
Die to live the life of glory 
Suffer with thy lord to reign. 

(To be continued.) 



By Mrs. A. M. Fickford. 
{Continued from page 107.) 

4. William 2 ( William}), b. probably in England, m. 
first Mary Dane. She was born in Ipswich, Mass., in 
1638, and died May 10, 1679, at Andover, Mass; was 
the daughter of Dr. John Dane, "the chiriergen", who 
was probably born at Barkhampstead, England, about 
161 2, and died at Ipswich, Sept. 29, 1684, by his first 
wife Elanor (Clark). This Mr. Dane was author of "A 
Declaration of Remarkabell Prouedenses in the Corse of 
my Lyfe." which was reprinted in the N. E. Hist, and 
Gen. Register (VIII. p 149) for 1854. He was son of John 
Dane, of Barkhampstead and Bishop's Stortfort, Herts, 
England, and of Ipswich and Roxbury, Mass. He mar- 
ried for his second wife, Annis Chandler, the widow of 
William Chandler, Sen ; and mother of William Chandler, 
Jr., above named. 

He married secondly, Bridget Henchman, Oct. 8, 
1679. She was the widow of James Richardson. She 
died March 6, 1731. Her pastor, Rev. Samuel Phillips, 
says she attained the age of 100 years. William Chand- 
ler was admitted freeman in 1669. He kept an Inn on 
the Ipswich road to Billerica. The sign was a "horse 
shoe". He was "licensed 17 day of June 1692, by their 
Majesties Justices at a Gen. Sessions", at Salem. He 
died in 1698, in Andover aged about 64 or 65. Extracts 
from his will dated September 15, 1697. 

Imp r . I give unto my beloved wife Bridget ye one half of all my 
housing, Orchards, Gardens Pastures Mowing Grounds, and arable 
lands, viz my homestead with half a piece of meadow lying vpon 

Foster brook and this I give to her During the time she 

shall Remain My Widow ; further I give to my beloved wife two cows 
and six sheep, and one swine ; also I give to her ye fleather bed that 

1901.] CEANDLEB FAMILY. 133 

I Now lye on w th all Comfortable ffurniture beloning to s d bed. I 
give her also one Grat brass Kettle, one little kettle, one Iron Pott, 
one Pewter quart Pott, a Pewter Lym brek, two Pewter Platts, one 
pewter cup, one brass with one Stien, one pair of Tongs, w th Suit- 
able necessaries as to Lumber. This for her to Injoy During her 
Natural Life, obliging my said wife to a Careful vse of Said things, 
and then to be Returned into y e hands of my Executors. 

It. I give my Sons forty pounds apeace. 

It. I give my Son William all my Meadow vpon ye East side of 
Shaushin River. . . . 

It. I give to my s d Son William A tract of land that I fformally 
bought of Samuel Hutchinson . . . 

Also, I give to my S d son five acres of vpland that 1 formerly 
bought of Thomas Osgood. All his vpland and Meadow I value to 
be worth fifty pounds — obliging my Said Son to pay Ten pounds to 
my Executers. . . . 

It. I doe also constitute and appint my beloved wife and my 
Son William and my llouving friend John Barker to be my Executors 
to this my last Will. . . . 

William Chandler declined serving as executor. 
Children : — 

7. Mary 3 , b. July 5, 1659. 

8. William 3 , b. Jan. 31, 1661. 

9. Sarah 3 , b. Jan. 29, 1662; d. May 1668 

10. Thomas 3 , b. 1663. 

11. John 3 , b. 1665; d. Dec. 28, 1681, aged 16 years. 

12. Philemon 3 , b. Sept. 4, 1667. 

13. Thomas 3 , b. March 2, 1668; d. Oct. 6, 1670. 

14. Hannah 8 , b. Feb. 5, 1673. 

15. Thomas 8 , b. Dec, 5, 1676. 

16. Joseph 3 , b. 1679. 

17. Phebe 8 , b. Sept. 17, 1680. 

18. Joseph 3 , b. July 17, 1682. 

19. Rhoda 8 , b. Sept. 26, 1684. 

7. Mary 3 , b. in Andover, July 5, 1659; m. Sept. 
30, 1 69 1, John Sherwin of Ipswich, Mass.; d. Jan. 18, 
1745. He d. Oct. 15, 1726 Children:— 


Alice 4 , b. in Ipswich, Feb. 2, 1693-4. 

Abigail 4 , b. May 4, 1694; pub. to Isaac Fitz, March 31, 

Elanor 4 , b. June 28, 1696; m. Jacob Howe, of Charles- 
town, 1722. 

William 4 , b. June 28, 1696; m. Mary Crocker, or 
Cooker, 1725; d. Feb. 14, 1741. 

Jacob 4 , Oct. 17, b. 1699. 

13. Philimon 3 b. Sept. 4, 1667. m. 1st Hannah 
Clary of Pomfret, Conn. She died June 24, 1735. He 
m. 2dly Patience, widow of Mr. Griggs, of Woodstock, 
Conn.; was deacon and selectman, also lieutenant of the 
train band, May 11, 1714, of Pomfret. Children 

Ebenezer 4 , b. June 7, 1703. 

Thomas 4 , b. Nov. 25, 1705. ; d. Nov. 29, 1705. 

Philimon 4 , b.Aug. 25, 1706; m. Lydia Eaton; d. Jan. 5, 

Josiah 4 , b. Oct. 4,1708; d. July 4, 1724. 
Hannah 4 , b. Jan. 20, 1713 ; m. Dea. Ebenezer Griffin. He 

was a Captain. 
Mary 4 , b. Dec. 23, 1714; m. Thomas Druer. 
Mehitable 4 , b. April 12, 1719; m. Paul Holt Jan. 20, 

1742, who was b. in Andover Aug. 1720; and d. Dec. 

21, 1804, aged 85. 

14. Hannah 3 , b. Feb. 1673; m. Nathaniel Robbins 
of Charlestown ; d. Sept. 15, 17 18, aged 44, Children: — 

Thomas 4 , d. early. 

Nathaniel 4 , b. June 19, 1698; m. Martha [ ] who 

d. Nov. 23, 1721. He d. July 1721. 
Mary 4 , b. in Charlestown, July 22, 1701 ; m. Joseph 

Thomas 4 , b. Aug. 11, 1703, m. Ruth [ ]. 

Hannah 4 , b. June 30, 1705, m. Zebediah Johnson. 
Philimon 4 , b. Sept, 17, 1709. 

Deborah 4 , b. March 24, 1711-12, pub, to Joseph Robbins. 
Rebecca 4 . 
Sarah 4 . 


15. Thomas 3 , b. Dec. 25, 1676, in Andover; m. 
Mary Stevens ; d. Nov. 7, 1 751, aged 75. She died in her 
73d year. Children; — 

Mary 4 , b. in Andover March 8, 1702; m. Josiah Ballard 
Aug. 7, 1721: d. April 3, 1739, aged 37. 

William 4 , b. July 14, 1704; m. 1st, Elizabeth Blanchard 
(d. July 15, 1735) Nov. 22, 1725 ; m. 2dly March 4, 1736, 
Mary Holt (d. June 17, 1756) both of Andover ; d. April 
15, 1741. 

James 4 , b. June 10 1706; m. in Salem, Mary Hale, Nov. 
14, 1736; was a minister in Byfield ; served in the War 
of the Revolution from Rowley; d.April 19,1789, aged 
83. She d. Sept 2, 1806. aged 92. 

(To be continued.) 


The Military history of Dedham is yet to be written. The town 
had its training days in its earlier years, and since the beginning of 
the plantation in 1636, many of her sons have rendered military ser- 
vice. At that early date there were ten train-bands in the Colony of 
Massachusetts Bay. The next year a Military Company was formed 
in Boston, of which Robert Keayne was the first captain. This was 
known later as the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. The 
history of this company written by Rev. Oliver A. Roberts has just been 
completed to the year 1888 and published in four volumes. The 
work is biographical and reflects great credit upon the author who 
has spared no pains to make it thorough and exhaustive. It will form 
a valuable addition to private and public libraries. 

In glancing over its pages one finds many towns in the eastern 
part of the Commonwealth, and some others widely scattered, repre- 
sented. Dedham comes in for a small share, and the following 
names appear : — 

Thomas Cakebread, 1638 ; Eleazer Lusher, 1638 ; Daniel Fisher, 
Joshua Fisher and Henry Phillips, 1640 ; Francis Chickering, John 
Plympton, 1643; Benjamin Smith and John Smith, 1643; Robert 


Crossman, George Fairbanks, Anthony Fisher and -Robert Ware, 
1644 ; George Baker, 1646 ; Henry Adams, 1652; William Avery, 
1654; Ephraim Morse, 1675 ; Ebenezer Battelle, 1786; Nathaniel 
Guild, Stephen Fairbanks and James Talbot, 1820 ; Freeman Fisher, 
Josiah S. Fisher and Moses Gragg, 1821 ; Francis Alden, 1822 ; Jonas 
Parker, 1835; George C. Stearns, 1849; Joseph A. Laforme, 1859; 
Stephen M. Weld, 1866 ; J. Birney Smith, 1883 ; Ferdinand F. Favor, 
1886. _________ 


The following extract is from the Collections of the New- 
York Historical Society for 1892, page 101, where there are 
given " Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office, 
City of New York " Liber 1-2 :— 

Page 371. By Hon. Wm. Smith, Esq., President and Council. 
Whereas at New York on the 9th of May last, the will of John Morse 
was presented, and John and Peter Berrian being made executors. 
They are approved and confirmed, 1700. 

John Morse, Newtown, " Being sicke and weake." Leaves all 
estate to his youngest brother Seth Morse of Dedham. Makes John 
Brian and Peter Berrian executors. 

Dated October 16, 1700. Proved before John Coe, Samuel 
Edsall, Content Titus May 5, 1701. 

The following are from Hill's Dedham Eecords (Dedham, 
1886), Volume I:— 

Ezra Morse & Johanna Howe, married the 18th Febr ., 1670. 
(Page 12.) 

John, son of Ezra and Johanna Moss, borne the 31 : 1 : 1674. 
(Page 16.) • 

Seth, y e son of Ezra & Joahnnh Morse, was born April — 
[1686-7.] (Page 22.) 

A. A, Folsom. 

Farrar. Who were the ancestors of Major John Farrar, of 
Framingham, Mass., Major of the third Regiment of Militia, Middle- 
sex County, 1757 ? He had a brother Joseph and a sister Margaret ; 
was twice married, 1st to Martha Swift, 2dly to Deborah Winch. A 
reasonable sum would be paid for the information wanted. 

W. H. Abbott. 

Corrections : p. 43, 2d line, dele "as [sic] " ; 5th line insert "his" 
between "&" and "wife." 


Abbot, 105, 136. 

Adams, 32, 52, 63, 70, 123,136. 

Alcock, 101, 106. 

Alden, 10, 16, 33, 43, 74-94, 136. 

Allen, 27, 61, 63, 93, 107, 124. 

Ames, 9, 10, 33-34, 58-60, 67, 107-108, 

Amherst College, 23. 
Andover, 103-105, 132, 134, 135. 
Andover Theological Seminary, 68. 
Andrews, 118, 119, 126. 
Ashburnham, 48. 
Ashford, Conn., 46. 
Atherton. 25. 
Atkins, 71, 92. 
Avery, 10, 22, 136. 
Ayres, 35, 116, 119. 

Babbitt, 27. 

Bacon, 19, 44, 71, 72, 73, 116, 117. 

Bagley. 128. 

Bailey, 6. 

Baker, 15, 24, 34, 59, 108, 136, 

Balch, 44. 

Baldwin, 47* 

Ballard, 135. 

Ballou, 129. 

Bangor Theol: Seminary, 24; 

Baptist Church, 4-8. 

Barber, 22. 

Barbour, 13. 

Barker, 104, 153, 136. 

Barre, 47. 

Barrett, 37, 125, 126. 

Barrows, 27. 

Bartholomew, 69. 

Bass, 20, 43. 

Bates, 58, 60, 66, 107* 

Battelle, 136. 

Baxter, 41. 

Bayley, 92. 

Beal, 66. 

Belcher, 26, 27, 38-43, 109, 127, 128, 

Bell, 49, 100. 
Belmont, 69. 

Benson, 68. 

Berrian, 136. 

Betterly, 78 84, 85, 87, 91, 92. 

Bicknell, 66. 

Bigelow, 122. 

Biglow, 74 

Billerica, 132. 

Billings, 24-28, 61-63, 66, 111, 113, 

Bingham, 122. 
Bird, 17, 25, 125. 
Blake, 28, 29, 111, 113. 
Blanchard, 9, 66, 135. 
Bliss, 26. 
Blodget, 121. 
Boardman, 15. 
Boston, 6, 7, 9, 12, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25, 

26, 51, 62, 65, 66, 74-78, 80-82, 86-89, 

91-94. 97, 100, 102, 109, 110, 124, 127. 
Boston & Providence Railroad, 16. 
Boutwell, 117. 
Bowditch, 73. 
Bowdoin College, 36, 72. 
Boyden, 48, 129. 
Boyter, 126. 
Bradley, 153. 
Braine, 75, 79, 80, 91. 
Braket, 70. 
Brewer, 105. 
Bridge, 43. 
Bridgewater, 75. 
Bridgewater Normal School, 23, 56, 

Bridghams, 91, 93, 94, 
Briggs, 5, 100, 128. 
Brightman, 82, 84-86. 
Brimmer, 32. 
Britman, 106. 
Britt, 129. 

Britton, 84, 85, 87, 91, 92. 
Broad, 115, 116. 
Brooks, 127. 
Brown, 69. 
Buck, 20. 
Buckman, 115. 
Bucklin, 52. 



Bullard, 7, 10, 21, 22, 28, 54, 58-61, 
70-72, 97, 107, 116, 117, 119, 125, 127, 

Bunker Hill, 57. 

Burchstead, 80, 87. 

Burdakin, 10. 

Burgoyne, 48. 

Burlington, Vt, 20. 

Burrill, 66. 80, 91. 

Burt, 46. 

Butler, 24, 65. 

Byfield, 135. 

Cain, 26. 

Cakebread, 135. 

Calder, 33, 58, 107, 123. 

Cambridge, 43, 44, 88, 124. 

Candia, Jv. H., 16. 

Canterbury, 52. 

Canton, 16, 17, 18, 21, 26, 49, 55, 61, 

62, 65, 100. 127, 128. 
Capen, 25, 26, 27, 61, 97, 127. 
Carter, 68. 
Carver, 44. 
Caryl, 71. 
Chadwick, 17. 
Chaffin, 39. 
Chamberlain, 47. 
Chandler, 52, 70, 101-107, 132-135. 
Channing, 36. 
Charles Kiver, 11. 
Charleston, 68. 
Charlton, 45. 
Chelsea, 15. 
Chickering, 24, 135. 
Clap, 26, 29, 38. 
Clapp, 28, 45, 63, 127. 
Clark, 25, 26, 61, 62, 112, 115, 122, 

Clarke, 30, 34, 65, 70, 108, 111, 115, 

Clary, 134. 
Cleaves, 106, 107. 
Clement, 66. 
Cleveland, 1, 52. 
Cobb, 2, 100. 
Coe, 136. 
Coit, 106. 
Colburn, 1-5, 10, 22, 45. 46, 66, 69, 

Coleraine, 57, 58. 
Coller, 79. 
Coloff, 24. 
Colver, 6. 
Concord, 13, 89. 
Coney, 15. 
Cook, 21, 45, 65. 

Cooke, 72. 

Cooledge, 122. 

Copland, 100. 

Copley, 67, 110. 

Cops, 25. 

Corey, 24. 

Coste, 63. 

Coventry, R. L, 52. 

Cowing, 66. 

Crane, 16, 17, 72, 73, 82, 126. 

Crehore, 54, 55. 

Crocker, 68, 134. 

Crosby, 64. 

Crossman, 111, 112, 139. 

Cuba, JST. F., 13. 

Currier, 69. 

Curtis, 25, 126, 127, 128. 

Cushing, 66. 

Daggett, 22, 54. 

D'Ailleboust, 64. 

Damrell, 5, 6. 

Dana, 71, 72, 119. 

Dane, 101-103, 105, 132. 

Daniell, 70-73, 122, 123. 

Darling, 121. 

Dartmouth College, 20, 24, 53, 68, 

Day, 46, 64. 
Dean, 16, 45, 59. 
Decoster, 77. 
Deer Isle, Me., 128. 
Deerfield, 24. 
Deming, 72, 114. 
Dennis, 50. 

Dewing, 74, 117, 120, 121, 122. 
Dexter, 10, 64. 
Dickerman, 62. 
Dickinson, 27, 63, 94, 129. 
Dier, 73. 
Dix, 120. 
Doggett, 10, 124. 
Dorchester, 13, 25, 55, 60, 68, 83. 
Douglas, 106. 
Dover, 22, 89. 
Dowe, 72. 
Downes, 64, 65. 
Dowse, 108. 
Drake, 24, 25, 26, 27, 62, 97, 100, 126, 

127, 128. 
Draper, 33, 97, 106, 127. 
Driver, 129. 
Druer. 135. 
Drury, 76, 77. 
Dublin, JV". H„ 50, 51. 
Dudley, 127. 
Dunbar, 55. 



Dunlop, 53. 
Durant, 120. 
Duxbury, 75, 77, 83. 
Bwight, 10, 22, 110. 
Dyer, 66. 

Eager, 66. 

Eames, 43, 44. 

East Bridgewater, 68. 

Eastburn, 21. 

Easton, 27, 39, 61. 

Easty, 71. 

Eaton, 10-20, 43-53, 124, 134. 

Edes, 14, 18, 71, 119. 

Edsall, 136. 

Edson, 68. 

Eliot, 103. 

Elizabeth Town, N. /., 101. 

Ellis, 14. 17, 18, 34, 46, 65, 94, 95, 

108, 127. 
Ely, 2. 

Emerson, 14. 
Endicott, 16, 59. 
Estey, 27, 60. 
Everell, 76, 
Everett, 63, 95. 

Fales, 124. 

Fairbanks, 10, 45, 61, 63, 109, 136. 

Fairfield, 51. 

Fairlee, F£.,20, 

Fales, 14, 19, 68, 96. 

Farnum, 104. 

Farrer, 136. 

Farrington, 13, 124. 

Favor, 126, 136. 

Fenno, 19. 

Fessenden, 15. 

Fifield, 17. 

Fisher, 27, 38, 59, 69, 100, 111-114, 

123 136 
Fiske, 50,' 51, 74, 116, 120, 121. 
Fitch, 83. 
Fitchburg, 53. 
Fitzwilliam, 123. 
Flagg, 32, 71-74, 115-121, 123. 
Fletcher, 22, 65. 
Folsom, 56, 136. 
Fonteney, 53. 
Foster, 27, 111. 
Fowle, 85. 

Foxboro, 23-26, 63, 100, 125, 129. 
Franringham, 21, 136. 
Francestown, 14, 69. 
Franklin, 63, 111, 113, 125. 
Freeman, 25. 
French, 21, 66, 97, 100. 
French Army, 8-10. 

Fuller, 14, 15. 49, 58, 70-74, 96, 107, 
115-122, 123, 126. 

Gail, 85. 

Gale, 77, 78, 82, 86, 90-94. 

Gallup, 76. 78. 

Gannett, 37, 62. 

Gardner, 47, 48, 106. 

Gary, 46. 

Gaston, 2. 

Gates 12 54 

Gay, 25, 33, 34, 46, 49, 60-63, 96, 97, 

107, 108, 117, 120, 125, 126, 128. 
Gay Tavern, 9. 
Geary, 104. 
Gerrish, 94. 
Gilbert, 25, 62, 97. 
Gill, 42. 
Gillett, 127. 
Glover, 62, 126, 127. 
Godard, 117. 
Gooch, 87. 
Goodale, 52. 
Goodnough, 21. 
Gould, 25, 100, 126, 127. 
Gragg, 136. 
Graves, 104. 
Gray, 104. 
Green, 25, 78, 84, 85, 86, 87, 93, 116, 

117, 129. 
Greenfield, JSf. H. t 126. 
Greenough, 73. 
Greenwood, 30, 79, 124. 
Griffin, 135. 
Griggs, 22, 23, 134. 
Groton, 69. 
Grou, 52. 
G rover, 24, 25. 

Guild, 15, 19, 34, 58, 59, 97, 136. 
Gurney, 66. 

Haines, 121. 

Hale, 135. 

Halifax, 129. 

Hall, 47, 82, 119. 

Halsey, 9. 

Hammett, 23. 

Hammond, 61. 

Hancock, 50, 51. 

Harlow, 25, 61, 62, 97. 

Harris, 49, 93, 115. 

Harrison Grove, 5. 

Hartshorn, 129-131. 

Hartwell, 22, 65. 

Harvard University, 1, 21-23, 36, 

39, 45, 109. 
Harvey, 130. 
Hathaway, 122. 



Haven, 58, 108. 

Haverhill, 128. 

Hawes, 131. 

Hayl'ord, 122. 

Hayward, 84, 85, 92. 

Henchman,, 132. 

Hendly, 25. 

Hersey, 21, 66, 123. 

Hewins, 24-27, 54, 60-63, 100,125-129. 

Hewit, 62. 

Hibbert, 105. 

Hill, 2, 10, 57, 136. 

Hingham, 66. 

Hixon, 26. 

Hixson, 62. 

Hobart, 66. 

Hodgdon, 34. 

Hodges, 23-25, 55, 61, 63, 65. 

Hoitman, 57. 

Hoi brook, 66, 108. 

Holland. 44, 45. 

Hollis, 66. 

Holmes, 24, 26, 126-128. 

Holt, 50, 121, 134, 135. 

Holyoke, 116. 

Homans, 83. 

Homer, 82, 91 92. 

Hoosac Tunnel, 2. 

Hopkinton, 82-84. 86, 88, 91, 93, 94. 

Horton, 45, 49. 

Howard, 66. 

How, 128. 

Howe, 25, 134, 136. 

Humphrey, 47, 66. 

Hunt, 66, 131. 

Hunting, 109, 117, 118, 120, 121, 123. 

Hurd, 33, 

Hutchinson, 47, 133. 

Hyde Park, 54. 

Ide, 63, 116. 
Ingalls, 53. 
Ingraham. 25, 131. 
Ipswich, 35, 101, 133, 134. 

Jefferson, 60, 107. 

Jenison, 118, 120. 

Jenness, 24. 

Jennings, 116, 120. 

Jewell, 51. 

Johnson, 20, 24, 27, 46, 49, 52, 61, 62, 

97, 100, 126-128, 134; 
Jones, 22, 71, 72, 82-84, 86-89, 91-94, 


Keach, 14. 
Kearns, 131. 
Keayne, 135. 

Kendall, 24, 35, 131. 

Kent, 55. 

Keyes, 45. 

Killingly, 52. 

Kimball, 32, 46. 

Kingman, 25, 66, 127. 

Kingsburv, 22, 47-49, 65, 70-73, 117, 

118. 120, 122, 123, 131. 
Kneeland. 82-^5, 93-95. 
Knowlton, 120, 121, 123. 
Knox, 57, 58, 92. 

Laforme, 136. 

Lamb, 57. 

Lamson, 35-38, 100. 

Lancester, 12, 22. 

Lane, 45. 

Langdon, 93. 

Larkin, 48. 

Lawrence, 62. 

Lawrence Academy, 69. 

Lazelle, 6d. 

Leach. 66. 

Leavens, 52. 

Leicester, 118. 

Lewis, 62, 124. 

Lexington, 48. 

Library of Congress, 8. 

Lincoln, 54, 62, Q6. 

Lion, 116. 

Little, 23. 

Littlefield, 78. 

Livingston, 69. 

Locke. 33. 

Long, 2. 

Loring, 15, 68. 

Lothrop, 27, 61, 127, 128. 

Loud, 66 

Lovel, 122. 

Lovering, 13, 18, 19, 44, 45. 

Low, 5. 

Lowder, 59. 

Lowell, 22, 45, 88, 

Luce, 15. 

Lusher, 135. 

Lynn, 80, 87. 

McCoggins, 123. 

McCrackin, 121. 

McKendry, 21, m. 

Mackintosh, 2, 66. 

Mclntire, 116, 117. 

McManus, 6. 

Magee, 110. 

Maiden, 20, 68. 

Manchester, JV. J3., 69. 

Manly, 63. 

Mann, 24, 34, 60, 97, 113-115, 125. 



Mansfield, Mass., 23-25. 

Marsh, 19, 21, 124. 

Marston, 100. 

Mason, 106. 

Mass. Historical Society, 37. 

Mass. Soc. of Cincinnati, 57. 

Mayo, 49, 120. 

Mears, 126. 

Medfield, 114. 

Medford, 82. 

Medway, 110, 112, 114. 

Mendon, 116. 

Merrick, 35. 

Metcalfe, 47, 91, 114. 

Methuen, 69. 

Mills, 33. 

Milton, 19, 23, 55, 82. 

Mitchell, 75. 

Monk, 6, 63, 128. 

Montague, 60, 107, 108. 

Montreal, 20. 

More, 118. 

Morey, 72, 128. 

Morrill, 116, 121. 

Morse, 21, 24-26, 61-63, 71, 73, 74, 

115-118. 121, 122, 126, 127, 136. 
Mortimer, 76. 
Mortimore, 84, 85. 
Morton, 3. 
Mount joy, 76. 
Mount Vernon Academy, 69. 

Nash, 53, 55, 66, 123. 

Nason, 25. 

Natick, 22, 65, 73, 79. 

Needham, 12, 20, 30-33, 46-51, 65, 70, 

75, 79, 115-123. 
Nelson, 84. 
Neponset River, 16. 
New Bedford, 129. 
New Boston, JST. H., 69. 
Newcomb, 6, 66, 121, 122. 
Newell, 23, 73, 74, 119. 
New London, Conn., 106. 
Newport, E.I., 9, 22, 23, 45, 
Newsome, 8. 
Newton, 48, 74, 117. 
Newtown, 61. 
New York, 24. 
Nichols, 20. 
Nickerson, 55. 
Noble, 41. 

Norfolk County Jail, 21. 
Norton, 128. 
Norwood, 45. 
Noyes, 31, 33, 70-73, 89, 119-121. 

Oliver, 92. 

Orange, 58. 
Orangetown, 56. 
Orcutt, 66. 
Orleans, 54, 55. 
Osgood, 133. 
Otis, 108. 

Packard, 4, 26, 66, 72. 

Paddock, 57. 

Page, 38. 

Paine, 15, 24. 

Palacear, 61. 

Palmer, 34, 44, 71, 72. 

Papanuttuk, 111. 

Paris, Me., 18. 

Park 120. 

Parker, 69, 73, 75, 79, 118, 122, 136. 

Parm enter, 102. 

Partridge, 112, 115. 

Patterson. 17. 

Paul, 124, 125. 

Pawtucket, B. I., 127. 

Payne. 18. 

Payson, 26, 41, 94, 100. 

Peabody, 37, 71. 

Peck, 120. 

Pepperell Academy, 23. 

Pepperrell, 109, 110. 

Perkins, 110. 

Perrin, 110. 

Perry, 72, 73, 74 ,100, 115, 119. 

Peters, 105. 

Petersham, 44. 

Pettee, 25, 27, 33, 61, 65, 100, 126. 

Phelps, 105. 

Phillips, 68, 69, 76, 132, 135. 

Phillips Academy, Andover, 1,3, 35. 

Pickering, 68, 125. 

Pickernell, 128. 

Pickford, 101, 132. 

Pierce, 72, 116. 

Pike, 129. 

Pillion, 16. 

Pittsfield, 88. 

Plimpton, 54, 62, 128. 

Plympton, 94, 135. 

Pomfret, 52, 106, 134. 

Ponkapoag, 66. 

Pond, 115, 127. 

Pool, 66. 

Poppoluttock, 112, 114. 

Porter, 56, 66, 129. 

Portland, Me., 68. 

Portsmouth, 68. 

Powder House Rock, 11, 12. 

Powers, 47. 

Pratt, 45, 66. 

Presbery, 128. 



Prescott, 26, 36, 89, 90, 
Providence, B. I., 9, 23, 24, 61. 
Puffer, 16, 111. 
Putnam, 100. 

Quincy, 25. 

Kamsdell, 47. 

Randall, 24-26, 61. 

Randolph, 56, 74, 129. 

Rawson, 42, 43. 

Raymond, 23, 66, 106. 

Raynolds, 100, 128, 129. 

Readville, 7, 21, 22, 54. 

Reaupeke, 63, 97. 

Reed, 43, 66. 

Revere, 65. 

Rhoades, 26, 129. 

Rhode Island Normal School, 22, 68. 

Rice, 66, 116. 

Richards, 10, 14, 24-26, 59, 61, 63,66, 

100, 109, 124-123. . 
Richardson, 7, 47, 60, 100, 125, 129, 

Richmond, 25. 
Ripley, 37, 66. 
Rixford, 62. 
Robbins, 38, 134. 
Robinson, 21, 62. 
Rochambeau Papers, 8. 
Rocket, 111. 
Rome, JV. P., 13. 
Rowley, 135. 
Roxbury, 21, 24, 46, 49, 55, 60, 66,79, 

101-103, 106, 125, 129. 
Royal Gazette, JST. T., 56. 
Russell, 121, 122, 134. 

Salem, 84, 132. 

Sally, 100. 

Savage, 24-27, 52, 60, 61, 62, 97, 127. 

Savels, 25, 26. 

Sawin, 71. 

Schools, 20-24, 53-56, 68, 69. 

Scott, 50. 

Seabury, 77. 

Sears, 73. 

Sessions, 119-122. 

Sewall, 85. 

Sharon, 23, 24-27, 60-63, 65, 97-100, 

Sharp, 92. 
Shaw, 66. 

Shepard, 8, 26, 62, 128. 
Shepherd, 20, 108, 116. 
Sherman, 23. 
Sherman, 1, 2. 
Sherwin, 133. 

Shores, 20. 

Shuttlesworth, 67, 108. 

Simmons, 100. 

Simpson, 78. 

Slack, 113. 

Slafter, 20, 53, 57, 65, 68. 

Smith, 13-15, 17, 23, 26, 27, 44, 47, 61, 

63, 68, 71, 74, 116-122, 126-128, 135, 

Snow, 61, 128. 
Soapstone, 14. 
Somerville, 54. 
Souhegan River, 87. 
Southbridge, 54. 
South Natick, 72. 
Spear, 66. 
Sprague, 66. 
Springfield, 69, 125. 
Springfield, Vt., 12. 
Stacy, 26. 
Starr, 46, 49, 52. 
Stearns, 136. 
Stevens, 34, 56-58, 104, 105, 107, 116, 

Stockbridge, 55, 56. 
Stoddard, 66. 
Stone, 23, 34, 60, 100. 
Stoughton, 6, 15, 16, 26, 66, 97, 127, 

Stover, 129. 
Stow, 51, 73. 
Stowell, 66, 129. 
Stratford, 56. 
Strobridge, 26. 
Sudbury, 102, 106, 122. 
Suffolk Bar, 2. 
Sullivan, 88, 89. 
Sumner, 128, 129. 
Sumner, Me., 68. 
Superior Court, 2, 4. 
Supreme Court, 2. 
Sweeting, 114. 
Swift, 127. 
Sydney, 107. 

Tabor, 61. 

Talbot, 26, 62, 128, 136. 

Tapley, 7. 

Taylor, 58, 88. 

Templeton, 47. 

Tenney, 122. 

Tewksbury, 46. 

Thayer, 23, 62, 66, 75, 79. 

Thaxter, 123. 

Thetford, Vt., 20, 69. 

Thomas, 66. 

Thompson, 13, 45, 52, 60, 109, 122. 

Thomsonianism, 94. 



Thorp, 12. 

Thrasher, 100. 

Ticonderoga, 51. 

Tirrell, 66. 

Tisdale, 26, 63. 

Titus, 136. 

Tolman, 25, 61, 62, 127, 128. 

Torrey, 66. 

Tower, 66. 

Townsend, 65. 

Train, 123. 

Troy, N. Y., 75. 

Tucker, 17, 21, 23, 128. 

Turner, 18, 114. 

Turner, Me., 18. 

Twichell, 72. 

Tyler, 43, 108-110. 

Tyng, 84. 

Underwood, 100. 

Union Theol. Seminary, 24. 

Utica, N. Y., 13. 

Valentine, 91. 
Viall, 76, 85. 
Vinal, 97. 
Vining, 66. 

Wadsworth, 66. 

Wagner, 67. 

Wait, 100. 

Walker, 18, 35, 116. 

Walley, 77, 93. 

Wallis, 62, 120. 

Walpole, 14, 25, 27-29, 38, 45, 54, 61, 

63, 69, 94-97, 129-131. 
Ward, 38, 48, 66. 
Ware, 31, 33, 50, 51, 71, 72, 111, 113, 

114, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 

123, 136. 
Warner, 5. 
Warren, 2, 108. 
Warwick, 19. 
Washington, 56, 107. 
Wason, 17. 
Waterman, 54, 66. 
Watertown, 52, 54, 62, 107. 
Waterville, Me., 20. 
Weatherbee, 16, 17. 

Webb, 66. 

Weld, 136. 

Wellesley, 70. 

Wells, 107, 123. 

Wesleyan University, 65. 

West, 15. 

Westford, 15. 

Westminster, 47. 

West Newton Normal School,22,68. 

Weston, 35, 79. 

Westwood, 1, 14. 

Wetheral, 12. 

Weymouth, 66. 

Whipple, 81. 

Whistler, 16. 

Whitaker, 31, 33, 61, 62, 97. 

White, 18, 24, 62, 66, 117, 118, 121, 

Whitestown, JV. Y., 19. 
Whiting, 13, 14, 19, 22, 33, 43, 45, 59, 

66, 110-115, 123. 
Whitinsville, 110. 
Whittaker, 25, 26, 60, 62. 
Whittemore, 61. 
Wight, 22, 82, 113, 124. 
Wilder, 22, 23, 66. 
Willard, 77, 84, 85, 90-94. 
Williams, 23, 34, 48, 62, 88. 
Willis, 61. 
Williston, 54. 
Wilson, 44, 106. 
Winch, 121, 122, 136. 
Winchester, 13, 68. 
Windsor, Vt., 67. 
Winsor, 83. 
Winship, 120. 
Withington, 119. 
Wood, 22. 
Woodbury, 32. 
Woodcock, 50, 51. 
Woodstock, Conn., 46, 51, 106, 134. 
Worcester, 15, 101. 
Worthington, 67. 

Wrentham, 9, 25, 62,110, 111-115,127. 
Wright, 48, 72, 
Wyman, 21. 

Yorktown, 9, 57. 
Young, 126.